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. Veritas Lavinga

    It was just Gabe Newell stopping by for a burger at Ye Old Burger Shoppe off the Tri-State-turnpike.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sly

    2.0? I am guessing some blades of grass moved, maybe.

    Please also report when the wind gusts exceed 10 mpg – that's pretty newsworthly also.

    Oh, and if the temperature drops below 60 degrees, please report that as well.

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

      Very mean spirited Sly. Poorly said. You blow.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. c

    Ok so it's not a big quake, and probably not news worthy except for recent events. But understandingly, when those poor people felt that today, they probably became very frightened, which is natural, as many of them are devasted. Try to be more understanding of the fear they most likely felt.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tct

    I'm wondering who the 11 people are who could actually feel a 2.0!

    November 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • To TCT

      You can feel smaller earthquakes much easier in the East and South than you can in California. You can feel them at much greater distances too. Check out the USGS website for explanation.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TvNyC

    Armageddon is near. Repent

    November 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike H.

      It has started.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • uhoh

      Michelle Bachman is that you? Please, just use your real name!

      November 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyle

      "Armageddon is near" = 2000 years of any minute now

      November 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowboarder

      tv – if i had a nickel every time some yahoo erroneously invoked the "end times" over the past 2000 years, i would be an incredibly wealthy man.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      Yeah, It makes sense that the end of the world would start in New Jersey.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. honest john

    This is news? You can generate a magnitude 2.0 earthquake from driving a semi over a pothole.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Areacode612

    IInsert Christie joke here.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andrew

    My largest post-christmas dinner crap generated a 2.1 earthquake and i didn't see that as front line news

    November 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nikki

    New Jersey really must have P.O.'d somebody. Wow. What's next – plagues of locusts??

    November 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    Evidence of HAARP related programs? Small earthquakes are associated with use of the make-believe HAARP devised "weapon"

    November 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. To TCT

    You can feel smaller earthquakes much easier in the East and South than you can in California. You can feel them at much greater distances too. Check out the USGS website for explanation.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RobbD

    When does the invasion of locust begin ?

    November 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Oh really now?

    Considering the hateful and bigoted nonsense the evangeilcal right has been spewing recently, if anyone needs to repent and make peace, it would be them. The rapture is going to be the biggest practical joke of the millenia. Those who have made the world a hateful and bigoted place in the name if their god will find themselves magically transformed into the very things they have been ranting against, if there's any justice. Jerry Falwell will wake up a Democrat who is pregnant, poor, and in need of a Christian helping hand. The horror, the horror....

    November 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KBR

    A two point oh? Come on now, did anyone even feel it? This did not cause any damage compared to the recent storm and could you even tell the difference if it did? California gets this size quake on a daily basis. Here are the 18 earthquakes California has had so far in November. Even all together they did not make national news.

    2.5 5km SSW of Cobb, California
    2.9 5km SSW of Salton City, California
    3.1 2km N of San Antonio Heights, California
    2.5 8km W of Cobb, California
    2.7 3km S of San Juan Bautista, California
    2.5 14km NW of Muscoy, California
    3.0 6km WSW of Cobb, California
    2.5 18km NNE of Pine Mountain Club, California
    2.6 44km N of Joshua Tree, California
    2.8 27km ENE of King City, California
    2.5 15km ESE of Yosemite Valley, California
    2.7 14km SE of Mammoth Lakes, California
    2.8 3km SSW of San Juan Bautista, California
    3.4 3km SSW of San Juan Bautista, California
    2.7 24km SW of Coalinga, California
    2.5 1km SSE of Mammoth Lakes, California
    3.0 17km NE of Nice, California
    2.7 16km NE of Nice, California

    November 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Exactly! Thanks for the data, that's what I was thinking too. 2.0 doesn't need to be reported, it's nothing. You need to reach at least a 6.0 before you get into the noteworthy danger zone. Even the West Coast got hit by a 7.7 last week and survived without much damage. I feel that the media's really scraping the barrel for anything to make the region look like a newspaper-selling warzone, and while it's definitely bad over there, it's probably not the apocalypse that they're trying to convey.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. talk

    Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” – Luke 13:4-5

    November 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
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