New York Rattled by Mild, Rare Earthquake
New York City was rattled early Saturday by a mild earthquake measuring 2.6 on the Richter scale, US seismologists reported.
The United States Geological Survey, which tracks seismic activity, said the temblor occurred at around 1:42 a.m. (0542 GMT) and was centered in midtown Manhattan not far from Central Park.
While the quake was considered mild, it was one of the most powerful temblors ever to strike Manhattan, and could be felt felt as far away as eastern Long Island and western New Jersey.
Authorities said there were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage, but city residents already feeling jittery because of the Septenber 11 terrorist attacks flooded police and fire rescue emergency phones line to report the unusual occurence, according to local media reports – New York, (AFP)