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USGS reports 5.1 magnitude natural disaster felt throughout East Coast

USGS reports 5.1 magnitude natural disaster felt throughout East Coast

Dover International Speedway officials report the track and its staff are safe and sound after a 4.1-magnitude quake shook the DE facility around 4:47 p.m. ET Thursday afternoon. Residents in New York City and as far south as northern Virginia reported feeling the quake.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

This is a developing story; stay with 7News for more information as it becomes available.

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

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency has no reports of damages in the state.

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

Thursday's quake was originally reported as having a magnitude of 5.1 and then 4.4. The natural disaster struck at 4:47 p.m.

FOX 5 viewers have reported feeling the quake in the District, Maryland, including Prince George's County and Montgomery County, and in Virginia, including Prince William County and Fairfax County.

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

Brian Casey, an attorney based in Lake Success, said he felt the temblor in his office building between Marcus Avenue and Union Turnpike shortly before 5 p.m.

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"I was sitting in bed watching TV and I felt the bed shaking and it was pretty scary", said Rebecca from Dover.

"I turned around and one of my co-workers was coming down the hall with the big-eyes look", he said.

Carberry said there were no signs of damage at the base, and no change in operations was expected.

WUSA9 Meteorologist Howard Bernstein compared the DE quake to one DC felt in August 2011.


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