N.J. Earthquake Rattles Town Devastated By Hurricane Sandy

By Amir Khan on November 5, 2012 11:08 AM EST

An N.J. earthquake rattled a small New Jersey town that is already dealing with the effects of the devastating Hurricane Sandy. Though the N.J. earthquake did not cause any damage, it did cause homes to shake.

The small town of Ringwood was hit by the N.J. earthquake at 1:19 am. The N.J. earthquake was a magnitude 2.2, which is small, so while there was no damage, the earthquake came as the town is still picking up trees and power lines downed by Hurricane Sandy.

Jessica Turner, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center, told the Associated Press said people in Ringwood reported hearing a loud boom and that people reported homes shaking and objects on the wall vibrating because of the N.J. earthquake.

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The N.J. earthquake was located 3 miles below ground and was felt in Mahwah, Wanaque, Oakland, Franklin Lakes, West Milford and Paterson, according to the Associated Press. Turner said the last N.J. earthquake was also a magnitude 2.2, and came in February 2010.

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