HomeTop StoriesA small earthquake hits Berks County, including Reading, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Friday afternoon

A small earthquake hits Berks County, including Reading, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Friday afternoon

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

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

The USGS says the earthquake occurred around 4:36 PM Eastern Time. Residents around Reading also confirmed they felt some weak ground shaking during ‘Did You Feel It?’ from the USGS. questionnaire.

There have been no reports of damage or injury from this earthquake and we know that damage is unlikely.

Seismologists, including those at Michigan Technological University, say earthquakes of magnitude less than 2.5 are normally not felt and number in the millions each year. Once the magnitude goes above 2.5, someone is more likely to feel them.

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However, as Tammie Souza of CBS News Philadelphia has reported: much of the Northeast has loose, soft soil that can transmit the energy of an earthquake travel further and be felt. This does not happen in areas with dense bedrock beneath the surface.

Earthquakes are also more likely to be felt when they are closer to the surface. Friday’s earthquake in Berks County was reported 8.0 kilometers (or 5 miles) below the surface, so it is considered a shallow earthquake.

The energy released in moderate or deep earthquakes takes longer to reach the Earth’s surface and does not travel as far from the epicenter.

Earthquake in Pa. follows a widely felt magnitude 4.8 earthquake on April 5 in New Jersey

For many in Berks County, this is the second earthquake they have felt this month – following a magnitude 4.8 earthquake near Whitehouse Station in Readington Township, New Jersey and reverberated across the northeastern US

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That earthquake was felt in New York City, PhiladelphiaBoston and as far south as Washington.

Over there There have also been several aftershocks related to the April 5 earthquake.

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