TUCKERTON, NJ — Some Ocean County residents reported being shaken this morning, as a magnitude 2.4 earthquake struck several miles south of Tuckerton at 7:52 a.m.

Dozens of people reported slight tremors, but no damage has been reported from the June 9 incident.

According to the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Water and Geoscience, earthquakes in the state usually occur when slowly accumulated strain within the earth's crust is suddenly released along a fault. The energy from this movement travels as seismic waves along the ground surface and within the crust. The arrival of this released energy is felt as an earthquake.

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The division reports that while the state does not get many earthquakes, they are usually small when they do occur.

Anyone who felt the quake is asked to contact the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Program by clicking here.


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