Magnitude-4.4 quake hits Delaware

The U.S. Geological Survey says that a 4.4-magnitude quake struck near Dover, Delaware, at around 4:47 p.m. local time.

The quake previous registered as a magnitude 4.4. People from as far away as Washington and New York City reported to the USGS that they felt the movement.

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

The quake hit at 4:47 p.m.

It was followed by two less powerful 5.0 and 5.1 aftershocks in the same area, the survey said.

According to Delaware Emergency Management Agency, there are no reports of damages and injuries.

DE was reclassified from being a low seismic risk state to being a medium seismic risk state In 1997 by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


The quake jolted the downtown area of the state capital, Dover, sending a handful of lawmakers and workers in the statehouse outdoors to see what happened as area residents gathered for the city's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony a couple of blocks away.

Readers may recall the 2011 natural disaster that had an epicenter 38 miles northwest of Richmond. She said there were no signs of damage at the base nor would there be any change in its operation.

The U.S. Geological Service reported intensity levels - a different measurement than magnitude - ranging from 3 (weak) to 5 (moderate) throughout Delaware.

The most destructive recent natural disaster hit Iran on November 12, next to the border with Iraq.

The USGS reports the temblor's effects were felt in several states, as far west as West Virginia and as far north as Pennsylvania and CT. It caused damage to public buildings, pipes and monuments, most notably the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument.

Intensity levels here have reached 3 and above at least 10 times since 1983, when an intensity 5 quake (magnitude 2.9) shook Wilmington's Forty Acres neighborhood.

  • Tracy Klein