MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - At approximately 6:35pm, the United States Geological Survey reports that there was a 1.7 magnitude earthquake about 1.24 miles SSW of Morristown, New Jersey. Earthquakes that small typically aren't felt, but the shallowness (just five feet below the surface) made it perceptible to residents. People had reported hearing a loud boom, and some people say they felt their houses shake.
Currently there are no reports of injuries or damage.
It was not New Jersey’s first earthquake in the last year. A 1.3 magnitude quake was registered in March. It shook Morris Plains.
There were several small earthquakes across the New Jersey area in recent years: a 1.1 magnitude March of 2015 quake in Clifton, NJ; a 1 magnitude quake in July of 2015 in Wanaque, NJ; a 1.2 magnitude quake in August of 2015 in Fairfield, NJ; a 2.6 magnitude quake in August of 2015 in Bernardsville, NJ; a 2.1 magnitude January of 2016 quake in Ringwood, NJ and a 1.1 magnitude quake in July of 2016 in Kinnelon, NJ.