New Jersey earthquake aftershock of 2.6-magnitude reported

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New Jersey earthquake aftershock of 2.6-magnitude reported

New Jersey earthquake aftershock of 2.6-magnitude reported

GLADSTONE, New Jersey (WABC) — A 2.6-magnitude aftershock rattled Gladstone, New Jersey on Wednesday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The tremor occurred around 7:01 a.m.

This aftershock follows a similar event last Saturday, also in Gladstone, registering at a magnitude of 2.8. Additionally, a 2.6-magnitude earthquake was reported in the same area on April 10.

Residents like Barbara Howard expressed their reaction to the aftershock, saying, “As soon as I feel it’s gonna be an aftershock, the adrenaline shoots through me.”

Wednesday’s aftershock is a reminder of the recent earthquake that struck the New York City area in early April, measuring 4.8 in magnitude. The epicenter of that earthquake was near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, approximately 45 miles west of New York City.

New Jersey earthquake aftershock of 2.6-magnitude reported
New Jersey earthquake aftershock of 2.6-magnitude reported

Following the 4.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the Tri-State area, several subsequent quakes have been felt in the vicinity. Experts caution that small aftershocks could continue for days or even weeks following the initial event.

James Bourke, a fellow in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at Rutgers University, has deployed numerous earthquake detection devices, as evidenced by the bandages on his hands and arms. These devices, strategically placed near Fairview Farm in Gladstone as part of the Raritan Headwater Association, aim to capture valuable data on seismic activity.

“With around 35 devices positioned so closely, we may be able to achieve three-dimensional imaging, focusing on the areas directly impacted by the recent seismic activity,” explained Bourke. While these devices may not reach the fault’s depth, they can provide insights into how the ground was affected both above and below.

Mara Tippett, Executive Director of Raritan Headwater, highlighted the importance of monitoring seismic events in regions with elevated arsenic levels like the Piedmont area. Earthquakes have the potential to disturb these arsenic deposits, necessitating vigilant monitoring and analysis.

The 4.8-magnitude earthquake marked the most significant seismic event in the Tri-State area since 1973, underscoring the importance of ongoing research and preparedness efforts in response to seismic activity.

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