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Small Earthquake Shakes Up Morris County, N.J.

No Property Damage Reported As A Result Of 2.1-Level Temblor
Morris County Earthquake Map

New Jersey seismic hazard map highlighting Morris County. (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey/Morris County OEM)

ROCKAWAY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — In a shaky end to the first weekend of summer, a small earthquake struck Sunday in Morris County, N.J.

A small earthquake hit at 11:54 a.m. in the Rockaway Borough, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The 2.1-level temblor shook up a few people and buildings, but did not seem to cause any damage. For most, the event was over before most realized what was happening.

While earthquakes in New Jersey are rare, Rockaway experienced several small ones last summer.

The largest earthquake in New Jersey happened just a few months after the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War. A 5.3-magnitude earthquake was felt from New Hampshire to Pennsylvania on Nov. 30, 1783.

The largest New York State earthquake happened in upstate Massena on Sept. 5, 1944, destroying 90 percent of the chimneys in the town and causing $2 million in damage in that town and nearby Cornwall, Ontario. In Connecticut, the largest earthquake happened on May 16, 1791 in the area of East Haddam on the Connecticut River.

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