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Eastern US hit by 4.8 magnitude earthquake with no damage reported

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit eastern parts of the United States with the epicentre in Lebanon, New Jersey, 50 miles from New York. Tremors were felt up to Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia, but there were no reports of casualties or damage to property. President Joe Biden has been briefed on the earthquake and is in touch with officials.

President Biden spoke to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, assuring assistance if needed. Former Governor Chris Christie described the quake as feeling like a “small explosion,” with his house shaking for several minutes. New York City office buildings were evacuated as a precaution, and air travel may be impacted due to halted ground operations at airports.

According to the US Geological Survey, the eastern US is not immune to damaging earthquakes, with historical instances of significant earthquakes. While earthquakes are more common on the West Coast, the East Coast has also experienced damaging tremors in the past, emphasizing the need to be prepared for unexpected seismic events. Stay tuned for further updates on the situation as it unfolds.

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