New York rocked by magnitude 4.8 earthquake

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The US’ largest city has been rocked by a significant earthquake that was felt as far away as Philadelphia and Boston.

The 4.8 magnitude earthquake was centred on the town of Tewkesbury in New Jersey, about 80km west of Manhattan’s Times Square.

Earthquakes are exceedingly rare in New York.

A 4.8 magnitude quake is strong enough to be felt by humans and have some structural effects but is not a more destructive quake. It has the force of an average tornado.

New York dies not lie on a major fault lien which in the US are concentrated on the west coast such as California, Washington and Alaska as well as Hawaii.

It’s been reported that the last time New York had an earthquake was on 2011.

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