Philly rocked by 4.4 magnitude natural disaster in Delaware

USGS Geophysicist Rafael Abreu said the quake could be felt as far at 275 miles from the epicenter. People as far away as Washington, DC reported feeling the tremor.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.3, was centred 58km northeast of Kerman, which has a population of more than 821,000.

DE was reclassified from being a low seismic risk state to being a medium seismic risk state In 1997 by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "Do not call 911 to inquire if an natural disaster occurred as it is important to keep the phone lines open for emergencies". She said there were no signs of damage at the base nor would there be any change in its operation.

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We have a small favor to ask of you. Carberry, who is from the West Coast, said she told co-workers, "I'm pretty sure this is an natural disaster". Police and emergency officials did not have any immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Sgt. Rene Carberry, a spokeswoman at Dover Air Force Base, said people on the military installation felt the tremor; some went outside to see if something had fallen down. "I actually felt the whole house moving". "I was ready for an explosion, and I thought maybe a plane was going to explode it was that loud".

The natural disaster was about 6 miles east-northeast of Dover and was registered at a depth of 4 miles. The largest recorded quake occurred in 1979 with a magnitude 3.3 in Dover.

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