Quake shakes DE, tremors felt in Maryland

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rumbles DC Area

According to the USGS, the natural disaster occurred at 4:47 p.m.in the Delaware Bay - centering just 6 miles east-northeast of the state's capital of Dover.

The extremely rare tremor, which happened at around 4:47 p.m., was felt by some New Jerseyans while barely noticed by others.

"I was talking with the other seismologists and we said, 'Wow, we don't ever remember a quake in DE", he said.

Social media was abuzz even before the official word from scientists.

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.

There was widespread confusion for about two hours over the exact Richter scale measurement with multiple news outlets saying it ranged from a 4 all the way up to 5.1.

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The quake also grazed through parts of Maryland.

"It felt like I was going up and down and the building was going up and down", he said. If you did, tell us where you were when you did, and how it felt.

Hundreds of people said they felt it.

There's no word on whether there was any injuries or damage. "I stepped outside and spoke to some co-workers who weren't really sure what was going on either", Jenne explained.

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.

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