New Jersey Experiences Another Earthquake Aftershock

GLADSTONE, New Jersey (WABC) -- A 2.6-magnitude aftershock was recorded in Gladstone, New Jersey, on Wednesday morning, as reported by the United States Geological Survey.

New Jersey Experiences Another Earthquake Aftershock

The U.S.G.S. indicates the aftershock occurred at approximately 7:01 a.m.

This follows a similar aftershock last Saturday, also centered in Gladstone with a recorded magnitude of 2.8.

Likewise, on the morning of April 10th, a 2.6-magnitude earthquake was reported near Gladstone.

"The moment I sense it's an aftershock, a surge of adrenaline rushes through me," Gladstone resident Barbara Howard remarked.

Wednesday's tremor arrives mere weeks after a 4.8-magnitude earthquake startled millions across the New York City area in early April.

The epicenter of that event was located near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey – approximately 45 miles west of New York City.

In the ensuing weeks, several additional quakes have been detected in the surrounding region. Experts advise that minor aftershocks can persist for days or even weeks following the initial seismic event.

James Bourke, a fellow in Rutgers University's Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, bears bandages on his hands and arms – a testament to the numerous earthquake detection devices he has deployed.

"With a cluster of 35 sensors in this location, we might be able to create three-dimensional imaging. Perhaps not extending to the full depth of the fault, but certainly capturing what might have been disturbed above it, directly under our feet," Bourke explained.

Bourke has strategically positioned dozens of these sensors within Gladstone's Fairview Farm, a property of the Raritan Headwaters Association. The reason for this focus stems from elevated arsenic levels prevalent within the Piedmont region. According to Raritan Headwater Executive Director Mara Tippett, earthquakes have the potential to disrupt and redistribute these contaminants.

The 4.8-magnitude earthquake marked the most significant seismic event in the Tri-State area since 1973.

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