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. jared

    I was in tokyo for the earthquake tsunami last year this is a joke

    November 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nik green

    Have they blamed the Muslims yet?

    November 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Phil

    Just more proof that NJ is being punished for Jersey Shore... Hurricane, another high wind storm AND an Earthquake, small sure... but a warning none the less 😉

    November 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. vatoloke

    Jersey needs to get rid of Snooky PDQ! It's all her fault.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. macaroo

    God is starting to show his displeasure with the people of New Jersey; Snooky and the likes of her.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      You are probably next, for having the arrogance to think you know the Divine plan!

      November 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • @macaroo

      Snooki is from NY – thanks for playing.

      Besides, a 2.0 quake is literally NOTHING.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNN

      It was Governor Christie rushing to McDonalds for another cheese burger.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Burbank

    Please fire the reporter that decided this was newsworthy! Shame on CNN!

    November 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      Stop complaining and get a life or stop reading CNN!

      November 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NyNick


    November 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowboarder

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

      November 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. deecee

    I think a magnitude 2.0 quake is less shake than a 18 wheeler rolling over the road in front of my house, if not for sandy, this will not even see the light of the day in new reports, sensationalism much CNN??

    November 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Crypto

    Looks like is CNN is messed up these days!

    November 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rumpmaster

    We are living in end times. Wake up people, come next month the world will be a far different place. Repent ye Sins!

    November 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowboarder

      rump – if i had a nickel for every time some loon erroneously invoked the "end times" over the past 2000 years, i would be a very wealthy man.

      November 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Rumpmaster



      November 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Socal Reggae

    November 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cmorcat

    Chris Cristy sneezed. Nothing to see here folks, just move it along.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bill constantine

    Thhere might be an after quake of 5 point and I pray not. I was born in N.J. 82 years ago

    November 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 5587hours

    Maybe the whole east coast and west coast will fall off into the oceans before tommrow

    November 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Charlotte

    It's probably a direct result of the Sandy flooding. When any geologic fault that is pre-stressed has an introduction of extra fluids, this serves to reduce the normal stress across the fault (lessen the friction, as it were) and allows it to slip if it was stuck before. This area is not new to small earthquakes so this isn't unusual. People who study reservoir systems have long known about this sort of behavior.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
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