Shallow 6.0 quake strikes eastern Iran, causing damage

Jerome Frank
December 1, 2017

A 4.4 magnitude natural disaster is considered minor and usually causes minimal damage, if any.

A magnitude 6.0 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage. "I see it was felt in New York City", she said, explaining that individuals who felt the quake can file reports on the agency's website. People as far away as Washington, DC reported feeling the tremor.

It was followed by two less powerful 5.0 and 5.1 aftershocks in the same area, the survey said.

There have been no reports of damage or casualties, and it appears most of the shaking was relatively minor.

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Paul Caruso is a geophysicist with the USGS's quake information center in Colorado. If you did, tell us where you were when you did, and how it felt. "It was actually pretty scary and pretty surprising".

"I turned around and one of my co-workers was coming down the hall with the big-eyes look", he said.

SSgt Aaron Jenne with Dover Air Force Base Public Affairs said he and others weren't sure what it was when it happened, but everyone is thankful that it wasn't worse and for it being so close there was no damage.

Hundreds of people said they felt it. A magnitude 5.8 quake (Mineral, VA 8/2011) is 50.118 times bigger than a magnitude 4.1 natural disaster, but it is 354.813 times stronger (energy release). The impact of that quake included damage to the Washington Monument and National Cathedral in Washington, both of which are still undergoing repairs.

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