The USGS has reported a 5.1-magnitude quake just a few miles from Dover, Delaware that some said they could feel and down the East Coast.
According to the Delaware Geological Survey's website, the most recent data available stated Delaware's strongest natural disaster weighed in at a magnitude 4.1 on October 9, 1971, originating near Wilmington.
"Aftershocks are a possibility with this quake", said Caruso.
An even more powerful quake struck DE before that, according to UD, but that was before scientists took measurements.
Paul Caruso is a geophysicist with the USGS's natural disaster information center in Colorado.
A 2011 Virginia quake, that measured a much larger magnitude 5.8, was felt from North Carolina to even Canada.
There have been no reports of damage or casualties, and it appears most of the shaking was relatively minor.
Husam Albarmawi, a 30-year-old graduate student at the University of Maryland, rushed out of an apartment tower with his wife when they felt two separate jolts roughly 20 seconds apart in their 23rd-story apartment.
"What we felt was kinda just a rumble, and I didn't quite know what to make of it and it was loud as well". "It was actually pretty scary and pretty surprising".
Roland Balik, a spokesman for the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, said he did not feel it but said people on base were talking about it.
"I turned around and one of my co-workers was coming down the hall with the big-eyes look", he said.
WUSA9 Meteorologist Howard Bernstein compared the DE quake to one DC felt in August 2011. It caused damage to public buildings, pipes and monuments, most notably the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument.
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