November 30 2017

Did you feel it? There was an earthquake near Dover, Delaware at 4:47 PM today. It was preliminary listed by the US Geological Survey as Earthquake M 4.4 11km NE of Dover Base Housing, Delaware at 4:47 PM.  This is not as strong as the M5.8 quake in central Virginia on August 23, 2011.

UPDATE: This was downgraded to M 4.1 by USGS but the reach was extensive. No reports of damage or injury, but some lost their power briefly.

Numerous reports through central Maryland as far as Baltimore and Owings Mills came to me saying the houses shook. Other reports were as far as Washington, DC and Richmond, VA to the south. On the north end it was felt in Philadelphia and New York.

According the USGS, the intensity was nearly the same just above a M 2.0 near the epicenter and 200 Km away (120 miles). The includes major cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia.




I am still gathering data. If you have anything to add, please share on the social media post where you first saw this. I should note that there is a super full moon this weekend and there is a theory that lunar cycles can increase the pressure on some fault lines leading to an increased chance of quakes.

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Also See:

My Winter Outlook 2017-2018 for more snow

Maryland Winters

La Nina Formed: What it could mean to our winter

NOAA Winter Outlook: Not The Best But Not The Worst For Snow

Two Farmers Almanacs Winter 2018 Outlooks

Winter Weather Folkore: Suggestions from Animals and Crops

First Frost and Freeze Dates For Maryland (southern PA and northern VA)

My Preliminary Winter Outlook Notes

Low Snow Winters In Baltimore: To Repeat Or Not Repeat

NOAA Ranks Blizzard 2016 4th Worst Snowstorm On Record

Blizzard 2016 Record Top Snowstorm: Area Totals

Extreme Weather of 2015 balanced out on both ends