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Long Island Earthquake: Was There an Earthquake on Long Island Today?


A map of the earthquake epicenter (USGS)

Yes there was! Long Island had an earthquake on Tuesday morning, but just a small one. But Long Island isn’t exactly California, and an earthquake of any capacity is pretty rare.

The earthquake was off the Long Island coast but its tremors were felt in western Nassau County and in the East End.


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The epicenter was 79 miles south-southeast of Southampton at a depth of more than 4 miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean and registered 3.9 on the Richter Scale at 10:45 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“It was a short rumble, a really low rumble,” said Eric Weaver, who felt the quake while in the living room of his Smithtown home.

“That low rumble is very distinctive,” said the 56-year-old unemployed science teacher, who has lived through multiple California quakes. “It was short though, it wasn’t very long.”

Weaver said the rumbling was not strong enough to do any damage to his house.

In June, a Canadian earthquake was felt in parts of Long Island as well.

Southampton Town Police Sgt. Andrew Ficurilli told The Associated Press the police station shook for a few seconds.

He said “two or three” calls came in from town residents wondering what had happened.

With AP.

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