A brief rumbling woke people up in New Jersey early Wednesday according to a report from the United States Geological Survey.
The tremor was detected near southeast of East Freehold, New Jersey, according to USGS. Public reports suggested the quake was felt as far away as Philadelphia and Long Island. just after 2 a.m. Wednesday, the USGS said on its Earthquake Hazards Program website minutes after the event.
An earthquake with a magnitude between 5 and 5.9 is considered moderately strong on the Richter scale. Above a magnitude of 5.9, a quake’s potential for devastation grows increasingly more likely.
Dozens of social media users across the state reported having felt strong vibrations Wednesday morning, with some saying they heard an explosion of some sort.