Citizens of New York City received this safety warning due to the earthquake (later upgraded to magnitude 4.8).
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 is quite weak. Still, residents of Manhattan felt its effects 40 miles (65 kilometers) away from the epicenter.

IAn earthquake has occurred in the area surrounding the metropolis of New York. According to US authorities, the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.8 on Friday morning (local time) and occurred at a depth of 4.7 kilometers. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the US state of New Jersey, about 65 kilometers from New York. In Manhattan, the earthquake was felt as a slight rumble. “I'm fine,” said the Empire State Building's online profile on the X text messaging service.

Initially, there were no reports of damage. According to local media, New York City Mayor Eric Adams was informed of the events. The earthquake caused confusion at the UN Security Council meeting on the state of the conflict in the Middle East. Janti Soeripto, president of the NGO “Save the Children”, briefly interrupted his lecture due to slight vibrations. “Is this an earthquake?” Soeripto asked. Soon after, many diplomats' cellphones rang with an emergency message confirming the earthquake had occurred.

US President Joe Biden has been informed and is in contact with the relevant authorities, his spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said. Earthquakes along the US East Coast are rare but not unusual, the US authority in charge said.