Earthquake felt in South Jersey, Delaware, Pa.

July 1, 2009 1:52:13 PM PDT
The National Earthquake Center confirms a small earthquake shook parts of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania Wednesday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the minor quake measured 2.8 on the Richter Scale.

It all happened at approximately 9:44 a.m. There have been no reports of injuries or damage.

Residents throughout the region immediately started calling Action News and emergency management officials in search of answers.

More than one hundred and fifty 9-1-1 calls came into the Salem County area.

According to the National Earthquake Center in Golden Colorado, the epicenter of the 2.8 magnitude earthquake was 2 miles East-Southeast of Pennsville Township, near Mannington Township.

Robin Weinstein from Salem County Emergency Management described the earthquake: "It felt like a loud boom of thunder. The room shook a little bit, but it was only a couple seconds long. It wasn't a major event on this side of the county."

A spokesman for PSE&G Nuclear, which operates three nuclear power plants in Salem County, says the quake was too minor to register on the plant's monitoring devices.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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