Happening Now: 4.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Dover

Delaware Department of Emergency Management Statement

(Smyrna) – The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirms that at 4:48pm EST today, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred.  The coordinates of the quake (39.2N  75.4W) put the center of the quake ten miles northeast of Dover, in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, at a depth of eight miles.

There are no reports of damage or injuries at this time.  Anyone sustaining serious damage of an emergency nature to a building or home should call their local 911 center to report it.  Do not call 911 to inquire if an earthquake occurred as it is important to keep the phone lines open for emergencies.

If you use propane gas and you suspect a leak, shut off the valve from outside and vacate the dwelling or building.  If a gas leak is suspected, do not use electrical switches or appliances.  Check any hanging objects or items on overhead shelves to make sure they have not been loosened by the earthquake.  If there has been damage to electrical wiring, shut off the electricity and report it to your electric provider.  Look for cracks or damage around chimneys and masonry walls.  Report any downed power lines, but stay away from them.

When opened cupboards or closets, watch for items that may fall out and cause injury.

Further information will be issued by the USGS.  Information on injuries or damage will be issued by the appropriate police agencies.

Breaking Report

Dover – A 4.4 magnitude earthquake centered in Dover shook the East Coast this afternoon.

The United States Geological Survey is reporting the earthquake originated 10 Kilometers (6.21371 miles) East North East of Dover, at around 4:47 EST.

No reports of damage or injuries at this time.