‘Microearthquake’ occurred early Thursday in South Jersey

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A minimal earthquake occurred in South Jersey early Thursday morning,

According to the United States Geological Survey, the 1.7 magnitude earthquake happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. near the Leisuretowne section of Burlington County’s Southampton.

That’s about 30 minutes west of Barnegat Township in Ocean County.

A microearthquake, classified as a very low intensity seismic event at 2.0 magnitude or less, is rarely felt.

There were no reports of damage or injuries from the Thursday morning earthquake.

The last earthquake felt in New Jersey happened last November.

The 4.1 magnitude earthquake was centered near Dover, Delaware and felt along the Jersey Shore and beyond.

In August 2011, a 5.8 earthquake rattled most of the Eastern seaboard.

The Jersey Shore didn’t experience any major structural damage, but residents reported items falling in the houses, and managers of some commercial and government buildings didn’t take any chances and ordered evacuations.

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