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A minor earthquake struck Berks County including Redding, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania on Friday afternoon

A minor earthquake struck Berks County including Redding, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania on Friday afternoon
A minor earthquake struck Berks County including Redding, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania on Friday afternoon


CBS News Philadelphia Live

READING, Pa. (CBS) — A small 2.4 magnitude earthquake struck Berks County near Lincoln Park and Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, on Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Across social media platforms, residents in the immediate area reported feeling shaking on the ground — especially in West Lawn and other parts of Spring Township, a few miles outside of Redding.

The US Geological Survey says the quake occurred around 4:36 p.m. ET. Residents around Reading also confirmed that they felt some weak earthquakes on the “Did You Feel It?” reconnaissance.

There have been no reports of damage or injuries associated with this earthquake, and we know that the damage is unlikely.

Seismologists, including those at Michigan Technological University, say earthquakes below magnitude 2.5 are usually not felt and number in the millions each year. Once the force exceeds 2.5, someone will likely feel it.

However, as Tammy Souza of CBS News Philadelphia reports, much of the Northeast has loose, soft soil that could allow an earthquake's energy to travel farther and be felt. This does not happen in areas with dense subsurface rocks.

Earthquakes are also more likely to be felt if they are closer to the surface. Friday's quake in Berks County was reported at a depth of 8.0 kilometers (or 5 miles) below the surface, so it is considered a shallow quake.

Energy released from moderate or deep earthquakes takes longer to reach the Earth's surface and does not travel far from the epicenter.

The Pennsylvania quake comes on the heels of a widespread 4.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on April 5 in New Jersey

For many in Berks County, this is the second earthquake they've felt this month — after a 4.8 magnitude quake struck near Whitehouse Station in Readington Township, New Jersey, and reverberated across the northeastern United States.

This earthquake was felt in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and as far south as Washington.

There were also several aftershocks associated with the April 5 earthquake.

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