Another Small Earthquake Rattles Central N.J. [Ramapo Fault system]video:
For the second time in two weeks, a small earthquake has rattled an area of central New Jersey.But like the last quake in Morris County, no significant damage or injuries were reported.
The latest earthquake, with a magnitude of 2.2, was recorded shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, said Scott DiGiralomo, a coordinator with the county's office of emergency management. He told The Star-Ledger of Newark that the quake's epicenter was about 6 miles north of Boonton, and it was felt in neighboring Montville.
An earthquake of magnitude 3.0 had rattled windows and alarmed residents of several Morris communities on Feb. 2 at 10:34 p.m., triggering a flood of 9-1-1 calls.
"It sounded like an explosion and the house shook," resident Dan Servidio said. The epicenter was five miles west-northwest of Morristown, along the Ramapo fault. It could be felt in Rockaway, Dover and Morris Plains as far as 30 miles away.
"We felt rumbling and thought something fell off a shelf," resident Lisa Cheek said.
"I was upstairs on my computer, and all of a sudden I hear a boom, boom, boom, then a bang, bang, bang. My monitor almost fell off of my computer desk," said resident Stephen Garcia. "So I immediately went downstairs to check on my grandma and ask her if she was alright or if she fell."
Scientists said the quake was shallow, only two miles deep. It had a magnitude of 3.0. Seismologist Dr. Won-Young Kim is with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York where the quake was recorded. He said the quake was big for this area. "We usually have 2 or 2.5," he said.