3.1 magnitude earthquake hits central NJ, felt as far away as Long Island

EAST FREEHOLD (1010 WINS) – A magnitude 3.1 earthquake struck New Jersey on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake hit about 1.25 miles southeast of East Freehold a little after 2 a.m. It was about 3 miles deep.

It “was felt in much of central New Jersey,” according to the National Weather Service.

No injuries or major damage have been reported.

The earthquake was also felt as far away as New York City, Long Island and Philadelphia.

“Woke me and my family up from our sleep at 2:00 am, shaking/vibrations lasted about 7-12 seconds. Heard stuff shaking. No property damage known as of right now,” a resident of East Brunswick reported to Earthquake-Report.com.

“The house shook very briefly, we thought a large tree might’ve fallen in our backyard but realized it was an earthquake,” a resident of Monroe Township wrote.

A resident of Philadelphia said, “It lasted about 10 seconds. My bedroom door started shaking and woke me up.”

Robert Sanders, a geophysicist with the survey, told the Associated Press, “It would be very surprising for us to see anything more than you know, damaged shelves or picture frames falling off of windows.”

“That's a fairly uncommon event magnitude for quakes in this area,” Robert Sanders, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told the Associated Press. Since 1970, there have been two other quakes within 10 miles of this location, a 3.5 in 1979 and a 3.1 in 1992, he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.