Did You Feel That? Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake Shakes NYC, Staten Island, PA – Centered In Whitehouse NJ


A Statement from Borough President Vito Fossella on Earthquake in New York City

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake was felt through all five boroughs, and beyond.

Editor’s note: The following was tweeted by NYC Emergency Management: “According to the @USGS, aftershocks could still be felt in the next week. A 50% probability of magnitude 3+, a 15% chance of quakes of magnitude 4+, & 3% a chance exists for an earthquake of similar or larger magnitude. Prepare with these helpful tips: on.nyc.gov/earthquake

Did you also feel the aftershock at about 6pm that night?

From the Borough President’s statement: 

We have been in touch with the Mayor’s office and New York City Office of Emergency Management. As of right now, there have been no reported impacts to municipal services, no reported damages and no reported injuries, although there were some disruptions in cell phone service due to the significant surge in usage.


We spoke to Congresswoman Malliotakis’ office, and Washington D.C. is ready to give any support if needed.

We will monitor the situation and remain in regular contact with all appropriate agencies and officials.

Banner Image: Earthquake crack in the road. Image Credit – Jens Aber


BP Vito Fossella

The Office of the Borough President has a responsibility to advocate for the entire Borough of Staten Island and all its residents, and represents the Borough's interests within City government. The Borough President communicates directly with the Mayor and the City Council to emphasize Staten Island’s budget priorities. In addition, the Borough President is responsible for reviewing major land use decisions and proposing sites for city facilities within the Borough. As the chair of the Borough Board, the Borough President leads Staten Island’s City Council delegation and Community Board chairs in the process of reviewing and approving the transfer of public properties to private use. The Borough President’s Office houses the Borough's Topographical Bureau, which maintains the borough’s official maps and assigns street addresses. The Borough President monitors the delivery of city services on Staten Island, and acts as a liaison between residents and city agencies when problems arise to devise solutions. The Borough President is also responsible for appointing one member to the Panel for Educational Policy and one member to the City Planning Commission, as well as some 150 members to Staten Island’s three community boards.

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