By Sam Foster
Trolling for election results from NY-1 and I stumble upon breaking news of a 3.9 magnitude earthquake in the ocean off the coast of NY and NJ.
While sitting at my desk this morning, hard at work on a news piece covering the still undecided congressional election between Tim Bishop and Randy Altschuler, I was suddenly interrupted by a low rumble that I have now learned was an earthquake.
Now as a former resident of New Jersey, and current New York resident, I cannot say that an earthquake is something that I have experienced before. This is Long Island, not California after all! My walls creaked, my bed shook in its place, while hanging items and decor wobbled, without falling.
The epicenter was 79 miles south-southeast of Hamptons.com's home in Southampton at a depth of over four miles below the ocean's surface.
According to the Lamont-Doherty Cooperative Seismographic Network, the quake registered a 3.9 on the Richter Scale at 10:45 a.m., and was felt across Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Earthquake felt as far as New Hampshire.
News and map from ANSS. Coordinates for the earthquake were 42 degrees N, 70 degress West.
More Details below:
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Date-Time Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 15:45:59 UTC
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 10:45:59 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 39.799°N, 71.927°W
Depth 6.6 km (4.1 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES
Distances 127 km (79 miles) SSE (153°) from Quogue, NY
127 km (79 miles) SSE (162°) from Southampton, NY
128 km (79 miles) SSE (148°) from West Hampton Dunes, NY
188 km (117 miles) SE (145°) from Bridgeport, CT
197 km (122 miles) ESE (120°) from New York, NY
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 26.2 km (16.3 miles); depth +/- 36.5 km (22.7 miles)
Parameters Nph= 16, Dmin=204 km, Rmss=0.75 sec, Gp=320°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Source Lamont-Doherty Cooperative Seismographic Network (LCSN)
Event ID ld60011606