4.1 magnitude natural disaster strikes DE and parts of Maryland

The natural disaster previous registered as a magnitude 4.4.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 4.4 magnitude natural disaster 10 kilometers off of Dover, Delaware.

There were no immediate reports of injures.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage thus far.

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A 4.4 magnitude natural disaster is considered minor and usually causes minimal damage, if any. However, in DE, the quake jolted downtown Dover, sending lawmakers and workers in the statehouse outdoors to see what happened.

Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the USGS's natural disaster information center in Colorado, said he didn't expect any significant damage from the small quake, which he described as unusual. He said the quake was widely felt around the Mid-Atlantic region. She said there were no signs of damage at the base nor would there be any change in its operation. That quake, which centered in Mineral, Va., measured 5.8. It was later downgraded again to 4.1magnitude.

The latest tremors come just over two weeks after a 7.3 quake killed more than 400 people in western Kermanshah province, close to the border with neighboring Iraq. "Anyone sustaining serious damage of an emergency nature to a building or home should call their local 911 center to report it". The largest recorded natural disaster occurred in 1979 with a magnitude 3.3 in Dover.

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Readers may recall the 2011 quake that had an epicenter 38 miles northwest of Richmond. That event took place in 1871 and was an estimated magnitude 4.1.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published a map showing the quake which was felt in Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and NY.

The USGS has revised the magnitude down from 5.1. According to visitors to the USGS website, the quake was felt as far north as New Milford, Connecticut and as far south as Chesapeake, Virginia.

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