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NYC Pregames Solar Eclipse With a 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake

The most important thing about the earthquake is that WE felt it.

A street sign that says "end Times"

(Hell Gate)

Your body does not deceive you, your upstairs neighbor was not just jumping around a lot—that was an earthquake at 10:27 a.m., a solid five seconds of dishes rattling, buildings quivering, and dogs freaking the fuck out.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was a 4.8 magnitude event, which per the same agency, falls below the threshold of a moderate quake. Still, weird to feel your building rattle, right?

USGS states that the quake originated a little bit northeast of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, in Readington Township, 48 miles west of New York City as the car drives.

The origin of Friday's earthquake (USGS)

Is this event, like a guy we bumped into on the street suggested, eclipse-related? Should we leave the door open for Godzilla? Is it a shuddering reminder of climate change, and is everybody...OK?

At a press conference about the earthquake, Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Ischol defended the NYCEM alert that everyone got on their phones...20 minutes after the earthquake.

"Twenty minutes is very fast for a public alert," Ischol said.

Stay safe out there, everybody!

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