Magnitude-2.0 quake shakes New Jersey
A U.S. Geological Survey graphic shows where Monday's quake was felt.
November 5th, 2012
07:18 AM ET

Magnitude-2.0 quake shakes New Jersey

As if they haven't had enough headaches in New Jersey in the past week, this morning they can add earthquake to the list.

The magnitude-2.0 temblor struck at 1:19 a.m. and was centered two miles south-southeast of Ringwood, New Jersey, not far from the border with New York. The depth was 3.1 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The agency logged 11 responses from people who said they felt the quake across seven zip codes in New York and New Jersey. Quakes in the eastern U.S. - even small ones like this - are typically felt over a larger area than quakes in the western part of the country, the USGS says. Quakes occur less frequently in the eastern U.S. than in the West.

No damage was reported from Monday's quake.

The largest quake ever recorded in New Jersey was a magnitude-5.3 temblor in 1783, according to the USGS.

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  1. Josh

    LOL! A 2.0 Earthquake??!? How is that news? There is a 4.0 whenever a friend of mine falls down.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Whit

    Is this really news? Only 11 people even bothered to report it. A 2.0 is hardly of interest to anyone other than geologists and such.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Juck

      Yes Whit, you should demand your money back from CNN. Clown.

      November 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • smooth abs johnny

      No, it just goes to show that God really hates New Jersey, and is getting revenge for the Demon seed that popped out of Snookie.

      November 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Homper Sampson

    The Governor took a fall at the IHOP.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      LOL

      November 5, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • samuel

      I blame Climate Change for the Earthquake...

      November 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Whit

    It's hard to imagine a 2.0 as an unequivocal message of damnation from the almighty. . .unless one is a self-righteous extremist .

    November 5, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • tct

      How do you know it wasn't a flubbed 9.5 aimed at Selma?

      November 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonPeter

      This is probably a resonse to the goings on of the Jersey Shore characters. Given that they are minor and inconsequential people, the quake was pretty minor as well.

      November 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tammy spencer

    Amazing that even 11 people were able to feel a small 2.0 quake. Dogs dont even waste their time barking for small quakes this size...

    November 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ming

    How would they know the magnitude in 1783? Did they have that precision in measurement back then? If so, I bet B. Franklin invented it!

    November 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • KaneHau

      They determine magnitude of historical earthquakes by looking over reports of land movement, water level changes, and damage to infrastructure, trees, etc.

      Damage from earthquakes falls fairly neatly into the strength categories. Also remember that the earthquake scale is logarithmic, not linear – meaning that the difference between a 2.0 and 2.1 is very little versus the difference between a 5.7 and 5.8 (for example).

      November 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. snowboarder

    Hm – anyone attributing divine meaning to natural occurrences is either a charlatan or delusional. which are you?

    November 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duncan Idaho

      Anyone who still thinks divinity has anything to do with some kind of skydaddy is urged to wake up. That duality-labeling thing you do is downright offensive.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BrianM

    Is this a joke? A magnitude 2.0 earthquake is completely insignificant and most definitely did not "shake" New Jersey in the least. There are thousands of these every day.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TvNyC

    Armageddon

    November 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. quy_xu

    Do not use God name in vain you blabber mouth

    November 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      Totally irritates Thor and Zeus.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flame

      Hera had more of a temper.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. al

    obama released his offical statement appearently this to is george bushs fault

    November 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sigh.

      November 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • stacy12

      ur illiterate like bush is so yeah his statement would be true.

      November 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • al

      hmmmmm typical democrat everyone who disagrees with you or has a different opinion is illiterate

      November 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • urbigguy

      Al, check your spelling and use of the word (to) then we'll talk about Obama. Until then shut up.

      November 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. snarky

    Maybe Chris Christie fell out of bed?

    November 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ..........

    CNN: Alrighty then, in another news bulletin, a wave hit florida that was 2 inches above the normal height!!!! (Surprised nobody has compared this to politics lol!!!!!

    November 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. popcorn

    End of the WORLD?

    No'rEaster is coming too... POLARSHIFT.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Arthur in the Garden!

    God really hates New Jersey!

    November 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah just Nuke Them

      No...h just hates the PEOPLE in New Jersey.......

      November 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • al

      blame snooky

      November 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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