Earthquake Off Long Island Coast

Long Island Earthquake

Updated: Wednesday, 01 Dec 2010, 8:06 AM EST
Published : Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010, 12:45 PM EST


MYFOXNY.COM – A minor earthquake shook eastern Long Island Tuesday morning.

The magnitude 3.9 quake was detected about 80 miles south-southeast of Southampton just before 10:45 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  The epicenter was about 122 miles from New York City.  The quake was first reported by the Lamont-Doherty Cooperative Seismographic Network (  LCSN ) at Columbia University.

The Southampton Police Department told Fox 5 News that alarms went off in a couple of buildings.

People in towns further east including East Hampton reported feeling the earthquake as well, according to police.

There were widespread reports of shaking across Mass., R.I., N.Y., Conn., and N.J.  There were no reports of injuries.

The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 4.1 miles in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the  USGS   Web site.

By early afternoon, the search term ‘long island earthquake’ was among the top ten ‘hot topics’ on

According to the USGS which monitors earthquakes across the country, an earthquake of up to a magnitude of 4.0 “infrequently causes damage near its source.”

Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains are less frequent than in the West and are felt over a much broader region, according to the site.


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