3.1 Earthquake struck New Jersey this morning

Earthquake 3.1 in New Jersey this morning. It happened just after 2 a.m. east of Freehold. They felt the quake in central New Jersey and ...

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  • Earthquake 3.1 in New Jersey this morning.
  • It happened just after 2 a.m. east of Freehold.
  • They felt the quake in central New Jersey and also on Staten Island.

He United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed that an earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale struck just after 2 am 1.2 miles SSE of Freehold.

New Jersey meteorologist James Gregorio says the epicenter was in front of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.

News 12 reports that he received emails from people saying they felt the earthquake in Parlin, Old Bridge, Holmdel, Manalapan, South River and Morganville.

“No damage was reported or resources were sent to any particular location in the county, just calls from people who wanted to know what it was and if it was an emergency,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.

The National Weather Service says it was felt a lot in central New Jersey and reportedly on Staten Island as well. Earthquakes in New Jersey are by no means common.

According earthquaketrack.com, there was a 1.7 magnitude earthquake about three weeks ago near Frenchtown. In June 2019, a magnitude 2.0 earthquake struck near Brigantine, and about two months before that, a magnitude 1.8 earthquake struck near Clifton.

“It’s a very rare occurrence for this particular part of the Northeast,” says USGS geophysicist Robert Sanders. “We have two other events of magnitude 3.0 or greater within a 10-mile radius of this event during the last 60 years, one in 1979 and one in 1992.”

The strongest earthquake with an epicenter in the state was in August 1938, when a 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck the outskirts of Trenton. The aftershocks continued for the next four days.

New Jersey earthquake, great scare interrupts the sleep of many

New Jersey earthquake, great scare interrupts the sleep of many. Photo: USGS

Mexico City cancels macrosimulation of September 19 due to coronavirus

The Government of Mexico City and the National Civil Protection Coordination reported this Sunday of the cancellation of the earthquake macro-simulation on September 19 due to the health contingency caused by the coronavirus pandemic that in this capital registers more than 104,000 infections and 10,800 deaths, reports EFE.

The macrosimulation is a civil exercise to remember the high potential for losses that these phenomena entail in urban areas and a commemoration of the earthquakes of 1985 and 2017, which left thousands and hundreds of victims, respectively.

The cancellation “is for the purpose of avoiding crowds, putting people’s health at risk and compromising emergency bodies,” both institutions said in a statement.

The drill emphasizes that each citizen must have an emergency plan and must know what to do when a major earthquake occurs.

Schools, government offices, businesses, civil associations and hospitals, among others, participate in it, and the task of “I don’t run, I don’t scream, I don’t push” is recalled.

Instead of the drill, the authorities invited city dwellers to review and update their family plan for risk prevention and identify lower-risk areas inside and outside their homes and workplaces.

In addition, to establish roles to follow in the event of an earthquake and to have your emergency backpack ready, without forgetting to include hygiene and prevention items such as face masks, masks and antibacterial gel.

In the statement, the population was reminded that, if a significant earthquake occurs or the official seismic alert is activated, the population must follow the recommendations of the Civil Protection authorities, as well as take care of the corresponding sanitary measures.

On January 20, the most recent national drill was carried out with the participation of 100,000 properties in the 32 states of the country and in almost 2,000 municipalities.

At that time, a national participation of about 50 million people was estimated.

“Once the health contingency is concluded, it will be decided to resume the agreement at the end of 2019 to carry out three earthquake drills a year, with the aim of strengthening the culture of prevention and self-protection,” the note concluded.

New Jersey earthquake, great scare interrupts the sleep of many

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