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3.1 magnitude earthquake reported in N.J. 9 years after temblor shook state

A brief rumbling woke people up in New Jersey late Tuesday night, not long after they returned to work and school following Labor Day weekend.

The U.S. Geological Survey has reported a preliminary 3.1 magnitude earthquake near Freehold Township.

The temblor reportedly happened a little more than a mile southeast of East Freehold just after 2 a.m. Wednesday, the USGS said on its Earthquake Hazards Program website minutes after the event.

The National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office tweeted that the small earthquake was felt “in much of central New Jersey.”

New Jerseyans tweeted about the late-night earthquake on social media, taking to Twitter to see if everyone else felt the same shaking. The rattling woke up some locals who had gone to sleep. Others received earthquake alerts on their phones as they were getting ready to turn in for the night.

People said they felt the Jersey event on Staten Island and in Queens.

USGS earthquake report in N.J.

The U.S. Geological Survey reviewed a report of a 3.1 magnitude earthquake just after 2 a.m. Wednesday.USGS

Just about nine years ago, on the afternoon of August 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in central Virginia shook buildings in New Jersey. It was one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the eastern U.S.

No major damage was reported in New Jersey at that time, but some buildings were evacuated and many residents felt the shaking in their cars and offices.

The 2011 quake was the biggest felt in the state in recent memory, but there have been other minor events. A 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit near Bernardsville in 2015. In 2014, a 1.7 magnitude earthquake rattled New Jersey southeast of Trenton. And in 2012, just days after Hurricane Sandy, a 2.0 magnitude earthquake happened near Ringwood.

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