Small Earthquake Shakes Parts of NJ

BERNARDSVILLE, N.J. (AP) -

People in parts of New Jersey got an early wake-up call Friday from a small earthquake that caused no damage.

The magnitude-2.7 quake hit around 3:41 a.m. about 35 miles west of New York City. Seventy-eight people initially reported feeling it.

Such small earthquakes happen in the region every few years, said Won-Young-Kim, who heads the seismic network for Columbia University, but “we can’t rule out bigger ones because a magnitude 5 hit around New York Harbor in the 1870s.”

The last earthquake reported in New Jersey had a magnitude of 1.9 and happened east-southeast of Trenton on Dec. 13, 2014.