Small quake shakes central New Jersey

According to the USGS, a 2.5 magnitude natural disaster registered about 3:41 a.m. roughly two miles north of Bernardsville, which is in Somerset County.


The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the quake, which prompted some residents to contact the Morris County OEM Communications Center with concerns of a loud explosion and their homes shaking.

There are no reports of any damage or injuries.

USGS geophysicist Zachary Reeves says 78 people reported feeling it. Officials in neighboring Morris County said they also got calls from people in Morristown, Randolph and other areas, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported.

Corrections: The quake was previously reported as 2.5-magnitude.

A small quake struck early Friday morning near Bernardsville, New Jersey, the USGS reports.


Such small earthquakes happen in the region every few years, he said, but “we can’t rule out bigger ones because a magnitude 5 hit around New York Harbor in the 1870s”.

2.5-magnitude earthquake reported in New Jersey USGS