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Earthquake Strikes The East End - 3.9 Magnitude

Originally Posted: November 30, 2010

Nicole A. Flotteron

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Map of Long Island. (stonybrook.edu)

The epicenter of the 3.9 quake is marked by the red star. (USGS.com)

Cutchogue - 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.

Radio stations across the region reported the quake, as residents took to Twitter and other social networking sites to discuss the mornings exciting act of nature.

Did you feel the earthquake? If so leave a comment below!

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Guest (Guest) from New York City says::
I am located in manhattan and felt it at my job! I felt the trembling and shaking of several objects. Brief but scary!
Feb 16, 2011 7:40 pm

Guest (Guest) from Hampton Bays says::
I was home recuperating from surgery. I felt it while lying in bed. The entire cottage shook.
Dec 2, 2010 1:32 pm

Guest (Guest) from CT says::
I'm confused about how so many people seem to know what a passing truck feels like. I've heard trucks drive by my house before but I can't recall ever having felt one and I certainly don't recall my house ever shaking from the affects of anything passing by.
Dec 2, 2010 12:01 am

Guest (Guest) from Huntington says::
what was the effect on the ocean from the quake?
Dec 1, 2010 5:28 pm

Guest (Guest) from cali says::
hi we had worse
Dec 1, 2010 4:08 pm

Guest (Guest) from Southampton Village says::
I concur, plumbing rumbled, considered poor furnace start checked time 10:48 am. Does east coast have wave protection? what would the lead time be for eighty Miles?
Dec 1, 2010 1:13 pm

Guest (Guest) from Hampton Bays, NY says::
Oh YES I felt the 'quake' as I was sitting at my computer in the kitchen - at first I thought it was a big truck or some kind of heavy equipment going over the Sunrise - but noooo - there was that 'unearthly' feel to it - I thought - "Hummm, earthquake?" - but didn't know for sure til I heard the news much later in the day!
Dec 1, 2010 7:01 am

Guest (Guest) from Southampton says::
Our two-story office building in the center of Southampton village shook....
Dec 1, 2010 6:49 am

Guest (Guest) from Valley Stream says::
I did not feel a thing, but it would be interesting to note if it generated a brief large ocean swell
Dec 1, 2010 12:30 am

Guest (Guest) from Northport, NY says::
I was in the living room with my 2-year-old daughter when the fireplace sounded like it was slightly rumbling, then the glasses in the dining room china closet starting "pinging" from the vibration. Weird. I looked out the window for wind, truck or helicopter, but all was calm. I had an eery feeling it was an earthquake, as was confirmed later on tv.
Nov 30, 2010 11:42 pm

Guest (Guest) from Selden says::
so the story went like this .... I was sitting in my car,, studying my AP exam .suddenly, I felt a strong shake then when I turned around I saw a guy passed by my car.I was like Okay... this guy just bumped into my car mirror ;0 ..haha
Nov 30, 2010 11:23 pm


Blade913 says::
I live in South Shirley ( Now called Smith's Point) I'm just shy of 2 miles from the ocean beach and I really didn't feel anything per say, but there was a rumbling sound and a little vibration. I thought we were just having a little Thunder, but when I looked outside a few minutes later about 10:50am the skies fairly clear at that, but the thought of earthquake never even entered my mind. Now when the Grucci Fireworks Comp. Blew up back in the '80's I felt the shockwave from that and I was approx. 35-40 miles away from that explosion and I had no idea what the heck was happening at that time !
Nov 30, 2010 10:05 pm

Guest (Guest) from Mastic Beach, NY says::
Yes, I too thought it was just a truck passing by and the house creaked a bit as well. Thought it might have been windy, but thought it strange when the wind chime on my porch was pretty still.
Nov 30, 2010 5:47 pm

Guest (Guest) from Selden says::
I certainly felt the earthquake here in Selden! I was just getting out of bed when the house shook! I thought too it was a truck passing by or the wind! Because it's very windy here today. But, it was more then the wind! My whole room shook really bad and I knew it was more then the wind. It was the earthquake. Nothing fell off the walls thank goodness. Scary!
Nov 30, 2010 4:41 pm

Guest (Guest) from Scarsdale NY says::
The house shook a bit and then creaked as if a strong wind gust had hit it. But no wind, no traffic, no passing trucks. I felt the kitchen floor shake as I sat in a chair. My wall clock must be off - my clock said 1047am. Same sound as a squirrel running across the roof. I went outside to see if any tree trimmers had dropped a big heavy log.
Nov 30, 2010 3:57 pm

Guest (Guest) from New Jersey says::
This news story brings back memories of when my husband & I were newlyweds living in the city & we felt a weird rumbling (like a subway train running beneath except there were no lines under our building). When we found out it was an earthquake, we were amazed as we'd never heard of one occurring in Manhattan before.
Nov 30, 2010 3:53 pm

Guest (Guest) from Douglaston, Ny says::
I didn't feel a thing.
Nov 30, 2010 3:53 pm

Guest (Guest) from Georgia says::
Oh, please, if you never felt the earth move under your feet on Long Island, due to an earthquake, then you haven't been there too long. We had one back in the 1980's off Montauk. We felt the effects of an earthquake in Derry New Hampshire and from Canada before in the 1980's.
Nov 30, 2010 3:37 pm

Guest (Guest) from Wheatley Heights, LI says::
I felt the shaking for about 5 - 6 seconds and heard a rumble and figured it to be a small quake as there were no trucks anywhere near my house. I remember the quake we had in the early 80's which was alot worse.
Nov 30, 2010 3:19 pm

Guest (Guest) from Southampton says::
I was in Southampton at 10:46 and did not notice anything different then from any other day.
Nov 30, 2010 3:14 pm

Guest (Guest) from Southampton says::
I felt it- I thought it was a big truck passing or road work, never imagined it was an actual earthquake!
Nov 30, 2010 2:14 pm

Guest (Guest) from PORT JEFFERSON says::
Nov 30, 2010 2:14 pm

Guest (Guest) from Douglaston NY says::
Earthquakes in NY! I felt my house moving and swaying here about 12 miles from the city.
Nov 30, 2010 2:12 pm

Guest (Guest) from quogue says::
my house rumbled, i thought it was an equiptment train. my painting vibrated on my walls, it was scary.
Nov 30, 2010 1:56 pm


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