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Nov 30, 2010 4:56 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Earthquake Reported Tuesday Morning Offshore Near East End

Nov 30, 2010 4:56 PM

An underwater earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 on the Richter Scale was reported Tuesday morning, at 10:46 a.m., 79 miles south-southeast of Southampton, a seismologist from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, confirmed.

“It was widely felt with some reports coming in from Bergen County, New Jersey,” said Dr. Arthur Lerner-Lam, associate director in charge of seismology at the observatory. “It was a small earthquake but large for this area.” The earthquake also was felt in the New York Metropolitan area, he said.

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dr. Lerner-Lam said there had been no aftershocks from the earthquake, which occurred in a spot about 4 miles below the ocean surface.

The quake was felt in East Hampton by Jenn Robinson, who lives on Whooping Hollow Road.

“All of a sudden, everything started to shake and I could feel it come from one end of the house to the other underneath me. It was actually rolling through the house,” she said. She was feeding her 11-week-old baby on the couch when the earthquake hit, She put the child down in a seat and went to check the furnace, “I thought it was going to blow up or something,” she said, “but then I realized that the feeling of an earthquake was unmistakeable.”

The building that houses the East Hampton Press on Railroad Avenue in East Hampton also shook.

Earthquakes are not unheard of in the Long Island area, with five reported in the last 20 years, he said. The most recent one, in August 2009, had a magnitude of 2.4. The largest one in that time frame was a 4.7 quake in 1992.

Southampton Town Police in Bridgehampton reported two calls from citizens who reported feeling the earthquake. East Hampton police said they received one call from someone who was inquiring about the earthquake.

Southampton Town Police reported two calls from people in Sagaponack and Hampton Bays, who reported feeling the earthquake; Southampton Village Police said they did not receive any calls.

Patrick Wilson, an information specialist from the U.S. Geological Survey, said the service had received reports from Southampton, Water Mill, Eastport, Westhampton and Westhampton Beach and from virtually all of the states in the Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic States Virginia and West Virginia.

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headline says ssw and article says sse-which is correct?
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Nov 30, 10 2:26 PM
I'd love to know what an "above water" earthquake is like!
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Nov 30, 10 2:49 PM
Though it was a truck from a construction 2 houses down. The house gets a little shaky when that happens.
By hamptonmom (5), southampton on Nov 30, 10 3:27 PM
The Hamptons are "rocking"!
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Nov 30, 10 3:56 PM
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Boring. We didn't even get a Tsunami out of this one!
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Nov 30, 10 3:58 PM
I was hoping it was not a plane. My husband thought it was the UPS truck delivering his Cabelas order on our bumpy road.
My son who was working in Tiana Bay on the water, He said he heard a slight rumble but thought nothing of it. My house did shake but nothing to write home about.
Carol C. East Quogue
By Carol (109), East Quogue on Nov 30, 10 4:01 PM
I was wondering why my house was shaking - seriously. Blamed it on a mysteriously large truck that must have driven by wondering why I did not hear it actually passing, thinking 'Earthquake? but not on Long Island....'
By heik (2), Hampton Bays on Nov 30, 10 4:03 PM
Article says not reports from East Hampton. I live in East Hampton and I sure felt it...did not think I had to call the cops to report it...
By jekgbs (35), East Hampton on Nov 30, 10 4:33 PM
Yes, we took that line out--clearly, there were folks in EH who felt it. We'll be updating the story soon.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Nov 30, 10 5:11 PM
I live in Hampton Bays and when it happened I looked at the dogs and they looked back at me and we all said what was that? Pretty Fuuny
By Dr Spock (36), Hampton Bays on Nov 30, 10 6:29 PM
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I think the Republicans said it is the President's fault?
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 30, 10 7:49 PM
like the way Bush's environmental policies were blamed for Katrina?
By Blackjordan (15), Sag Harbor on Nov 30, 10 10:51 PM
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This would place the epicentre near or along the East Coast Boundary tectonic plate and the edge of the Long Island Plateau near the Hudson Canyon's mouth. The ocean depth is about 300 metres at this point. We are most fortunate that this is not a case of "surf's up!"
By Starfire (1), Yonkers on Nov 30, 10 10:10 PM
The Atlantic Ocean is never 300 metres deep near Long Island...you need to be thousands of miles east of here to get that kind of depth. 1000 feet, maybe.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Dec 1, 10 12:56 AM
Now That's Funny ! LOL

By Bilge Water (131), East Hampton on Dec 1, 10 7:25 AM
Approx 70 miles away at Hudson Canyon (where this happened) it goes from 400-500 feet of water to over 2000 feet in under a mile. You're wrong.
By omghi (20), EH on Dec 1, 10 7:51 AM
You know 1000 feet is roughly 300 meters, right?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Dec 1, 10 9:12 AM
if you went thousands of miles east of here you'd be in the Sahara Desert
By Bilge Water (131), East Hampton on Dec 1, 10 10:26 AM
I thought something was wrong with my furnace.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 30, 10 10:19 PM
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Is this TEOTWAWKI approaching, Niburu getting closer, the earth's pole shift, the megastorm of solar flares, the aliens getting ready to disclose themselves?

And I haven't a drop of whiskey in the house.....
By Montaukette (46), Waterland on Dec 1, 10 12:35 AM
"..........I haven't a drop of whiskey in the house........"

But whatever it is, it must be real good

By Bilge Water (131), East Hampton on Dec 1, 10 7:29 AM
Sounds like we have an Art Bell fan in the house
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 3, 10 7:18 PM
You must be in Dreamland somewhere inbetween Coast to Coast

By Bilge Water (131), East Hampton on Dec 5, 10 10:01 AM
I felt it...I also felt one years ago when I happened to be on the phone with a friend who was in Bridgehampton. As my lampshades were shaking, she remarked that a big train must be passing--later that day we learned it had been an earthquake.

So yesterday, when the house shook for about 10 seconds, and there wasn't a passing truck to explain it, I jotted down the time, 10:46. I wasn't surprised to find the quake being reported not long after.
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Dec 1, 10 7:35 AM
(I should carify that I was in North Sea during the years-ago quake, nowhere near the RR X.)
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Dec 1, 10 7:37 AM
That wasn't an earthquake it was the Democrats realizing that they lost the House.
By montaukman (98), easthampton on Dec 1, 10 9:58 AM
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I sent my sister in Plainfield, Conn. this article. She wrote back it shook her house and pictures on the walls.
Carol C. E. Quogue
By Carol (109), East Quogue on Dec 1, 10 1:29 PM
I felt it in Danbury CT- but I thought they were blasting up on the ridge close by... Cool!!!
By lacey (5), New Milford on Dec 1, 10 4:29 PM
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/ld/60011606/us/index.html if anyone wants to add to the quake database go here
By lacey (5), New Milford on Dec 1, 10 4:45 PM
NO I think it was brother GEORGE falling out of bed
By Grace (6), southampton on Dec 2, 10 10:18 AM
In April of this year Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazim Sadeghi said women and girls who "don't dress appropriately" spread "promiscuity in society."

"When promiscuity spreads, earthquakes increase."

We need a ban on short skirts!
By loading... (601), quiogue on Dec 2, 10 11:44 AM
Or Iranian clerics
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Dec 3, 10 7:19 PM
I thought it was my girlfriend
By jose1 (28), southampton on Dec 5, 10 6:43 PM