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New York rattled by 4.8 magnitude earthquake

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A rare earthquake measuring magnitude-4.8 struck the Northeast on Friday morning, causing tremors felt from Maine to Virginia.

  • A magnitude-4.8 earthquake struck the Northeast, rattling residents from Maine to Virginia but causing no major damage or injuries, according to the US Geological Survey.

  • The quake, centered in Whitehouse Station, N.J., startled many unaccustomed to tremors in the region, leading to brief disruptions in transportation and infrastructure operations.

  • Despite its rarity, the event prompted swift responses from officials, including President Biden, who offered assistance to affected areas, while residents and authorities remain vigilant for potential gas leaks or building damage.

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake hits New York City region | Reuters

The epicenter of the quake was located in Whitehouse Station, N.J., approximately 40 miles west of New York City, and occurred around 10:23 a.m. ET.

The event surprised residents unaccustomed to such occurrences, but the relatively minor nature of the quake, lasting only several seconds, led to a swift return to normalcy once the shaking subsided.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams acknowledged the potential trauma of such events, stating, “Earthquakes don’t happen every day in New York. So this can be extremely traumatic.”

Although the quake was the largest in the region since 2011, no significant damage was reported.

However, the USGS recorded several aftershocks, with magnitudes up to 2.2, in the hours following the initial event.

The skyline is seen in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

Entirely unexpected

Seismologist Paul Earle explained that while earthquakes in the Northeast are uncommon, they are not entirely unexpected.

He noted that due to the harder rock and unique geological conditions of the East Coast, seismic waves can travel further, resulting in tremors felt across a wider area compared to similar-sized quakes on the West Coast.

Despite its relatively minor impact, the earthquake briefly disrupted transportation and infrastructure operations.

The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted departures at some airports, and Amtrak and NJ Transit trains experienced delays as tracks and bridges were inspected.

President Biden has been briefed on the earthquake and offered assistance to affected areas.

The last significant earthquake to affect the region was in 2011 in Virginia, with a magnitude-5.9 quake felt across multiple states.

As residents and officials assess the aftermath, attention is focused on potential gas leaks and building damage.

The Empire State Building, a New York City landmark, humorously reassured the public with a tweet: “I AM FINE.”

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Will slashing immigration curb the housing crisis?

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The Australian Coalition has revealed its strategy to tackle the housing crisis by reducing migration numbers.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s proposal to cut immigration by a quarter aims to tackle the housing crisis but has been met with skepticism for overlooking deeper structural issues.

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Are silent vehicles putting pedestrians at risk?

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A recent study suggests that EVs and hybrids are more likely to be involved in pedestrian collisions compared to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles.

One possible explanation for this phenomenon is the quieter operation of electric vehicles at lower speeds, which can catch pedestrians off guard, particularly those who are visually impaired or distracted.

To counter this issue, all new EVs in Australia will be outfitted with AVAS – an audible alert to pedestrians to indicate a EV is headed in their direction.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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