A small quake struck New Jersey Monday afternoon, authorities said.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed the 1.7-magnitude earthquake in Morris County. No injuries have been reported.
But residents should not be surprised if they did not feel it. Earthquakes of 2.5 degrees on the Richter scale are the ones that can be perceived.
Seismologists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University say the tectonic plate surrounded by the Atlantic ridge moves one inch a year to New York and New Jersey.
“There are lots of faults because it’s an ancient plate boundary. It was the site of collision and then drifting apart that separated the Americas from Europe around 300 to 500 million years ago,” said Nicholas Davatzes with Temple University.
The pressure resulted in five small earthquakes throughout the tri-state area in 2015 and 2016.