Magnitude 4.1 natural disaster hits DE, centered near Dover

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New Jersey was mildly rocked by a 4.1-magnitude quake that struck 6 miles northeast of Dover, Delaware, on Thursday afternoon.

A magnitude 4.4 natural disaster with its epicenter about 100 miles south of Saucon Valley in central DE was felt Thursday afternoon by some local residents, but not by others.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage thus far. It hit around 4:47 p.m. just as many were getting ready to leave work for the night. Keep checking abc7NY for the latest on this developing story.

The quake was first reported with a magnitude of 4.4 and eventually downgraded to a 4.1, which could be felt throughout the capital of DE with reported tremors in Baltimore, Philadelphia and even as far as NY. That quake caused major government facilities to evacuate, and also caused damage to the Washington Monument. It was hard to immediately predict if there would be aftershocks, she said. Workers at the statehouse in Dover streamed into the streets after the quake to see what happened.

"I was sitting in bed watching TV and I felt the bed shaking and it was pretty scary", said Rebecca from Dover. It was later downgraded again to 4.1magnitude.

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Paul Caruso is a geophysicist with the USGS's natural disaster information center in Colorado.

"When we felt it we looked at each other like, 'Are we losing it?'" said Albarmawi as they ventured back upstairs after waiting for a few minutes outside.

AP writes that Sgt. Rene Carberry - a spokeswoman at Dover Air Force Base - said people on the military installation felt it; some went outside to see if something fell down.

She said there were no signs of damage at the base, and no change was expected in its operations. It caused damage to public buildings, pipes and monuments, most notably the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument.

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