“Wild” earthquake in Delaware highlights lesser-known seismic risks
On Thursday, November 30, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed that an earthquake struck Delaware, with its epicenter just northeast of the state's capital. Reports show that it was felt as far north as Newark and as far west as Washington, though at a very mild intensity. While the quake didn’t seem to cause substantial damage or loss of life, it stood out as being an uncommon event for the region. Initial computer-generated reports of its magnitude ranged from 4.4 to 5.1, but experts later determined that it was actually a 4.1 on the Richter scale. This 4.1 measure is 10 times less intense than the earthquake’s highest magnitude estimation of 5.1.