DID YOU FEEL IT? Small Earthquake Strikes Near Lakewood

Rumbling was felt in parts of New Jersey after a 2.4 magnitude earthquake struck near Tuckerton, New Jersey, about 40 minutes south of Lakewood, at 7:52 AM.

The shaking from the earthquake was described by several people who felt it as “moderate,” and although a full accounting has not yet been made, officials do not believe any serious damage was caused.

The earthquake, a relatively shallow one at a depth of 3 miles, was mostly felt by residents living in the general vicinity of where the quake occurred, which was between Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor. However, it is possible that residents in Ocean County were able to feel the ground beneath them tremor.

An earthquake occurs when the edges Earth’s tectonic plates – massive segments of the Earth that continuously grind against each other – slide against one another, creating friction and a buildup of pressure. When the force of the tectonic plate’s movement overcomes the friction, sections of the plate break off or become displaced, releasing pressure in the form of seismic waves, which causes the shaking.

The United States Geological Survey says that earthquakes with a magnitude below 4.0 rarely cause any serious damage.


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  1. Honestly, I think the almost daily car accident crashes that occur in Lakewood rival that of any recorded earthquake magnitude.

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