DE 4.1-magnitude natural disaster rattles Mid-Atlantic region

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The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that there has been an quake along the East Coast, which was felt by some people in the New York City area.

The preliminary magnitude-4.4 natural disaster struck at 4:45 p.m. Thursday.

The New York City emergency response system sent an alert that no injuries or damage were immediately reported in the city.

The quake, previously reported at magnitude 5.1 and then at 4.4, was centered in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, according to a statement from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. Keep checking abc7NY for the latest on this developing story.

There was widespread confusion for about two hours over the exact Richter scale measurement with multiple news outlets saying it ranged from a 4 all the way up to 5.1.

The epicenter was about 50 miles from Philadelphia, 90 miles from Washington and 125 miles from New York City.

USGS Geophysicist Rafael Abreu said the natural disaster could be felt as far at 275 miles from the epicenter.

The Associated Press writes that downtown Dover was in a flurry as lawmakers and workers in the statehouse went outside to see what happened.

Paul Caruso is a geophysicist with the USGS's quake information center in Colorado. Carberry, who is from the West Coast, said she told co-workers, "I'm pretty sure this is an quake". She said there were no signs of damage at the base nor would there be any change in its operation.

"I was talking with the other seismologists and we said, 'Wow, we don't ever remember a quake in DE, '" he said.

"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. "It was actually pretty scary and pretty surprising". It was later downgraded again to 4.1magnitude.

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