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Earthquake felt in Delaware

Little damage reported in Cape Region
December 1, 2017

The United States Geological Survey confirms that at 4:48 p.m. Nov. 30, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred.  The coordinates of the quake (39.2N  75.4W) put the center of the quake 10 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.  

If using propane gas and 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 opening 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.

 

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