Did you feel the DE natural disaster? (LIVE MAP)

Did you feel the DE natural disaster? (LIVE MAP)

Kerry Wise
December 1, 2017

According to the USGS, the epicenter was approximately six miles east-northeast of Dover and hit at 4:47 p.m with a depth of about five miles. The USGS initially upgraded the quake to a magnitude 5.1, but moved it back down to a 4.4.

For some area residents, the event stirred memories of a magnitude 5.8 natural disaster - centered in Louisa County, Virginia - that rocked much of the eastern United States in August 2011.

The Maryland Emergency Management Office said the natural disaster was felt by many in the state neighbouring DE to the west.

The last natural disaster to hit the mid-Atlantic was in 2011, when a 5.8 magnitude quake hit about 90 miles southwest of Washington, with shaking felt across much of the East Coast including here in New England.

Gary Laing, a spokesman for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, said in an email 30 minutes after the quake that there were no reports of damage. Stay with FOX 5 for updates.

DE 105.9's Rob Petree hit the streets of Dover for reaction from residents on what they experienced during the quake, which one man said was deafening.

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"I felt the whole house nearly like waving", he said.

SSgt Aaron Jenne with Dover Air Force Base Public Affairs said he and others weren't sure what it was when it happened, but everyone is thankful that it wasn't worse and for it being so close there was no damage. She said there were no signs of damage at the base nor would there be any change in its operation.

"Aftershocks are a possibility with this quake", said Caruso.

Paul Caruso is a geophysicist with the USGS's quake information center in Colorado.

The jolt was strong enough in downtown Baltimore that a smattering of residents streamed out of office towers and into the streets. "It was actually pretty scary and pretty surprising".