NYC officials reassure public after unexpected 4.8 magnitude earthquake in NJ

Mayor Adams, who was at Gracie Mansion during the quake, said city agencies swiftly mobilized to coordinate response efforts.

Edric Robinson

Apr 5, 2024, 8:48 PM

Updated 45 days ago

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Following an unexpected 4.8 magnitude earthquake that shook parts of the city, Mayor Eric Adams and city officials convened a news conference to reassure the public of their safety and the city's preparedness to handle any potential impacts or aftershocks.
"New Yorkers should go about their normal day. First responders are working to make sure the city is safe," said Adams.
The quake, striking at approximately 10:23 a.m. with its epicenter located 50 miles from New York City in New Jersey, prompted citywide alert notifications to be sent out to residents.
Adams, who was at Gracie Mansion during the quake, said city agencies swiftly mobilized to coordinate response efforts.
“As of now, there are no reports of major impacts to infrastructure or injuries, although assessments are ongoing. We’re in contact with the White House, the governor’s office and local elected officials,” said Adams
New York City Public Schools Chancellor David Banks provided reassurance that all students and staff were safe, with no reports of structural damage to school facilities.
He also added that all schools and after-school programming would continue to operate normally. The city’s transportation services also remained unaffected.
With over 1.1 million buildings in the city, the Department of Buildings urged cooperation from construction professionals.
“All of our construction professionals need to go out and check on your buildings even if those sites are closed and determine that the sites are secure. And if you see any conditions that are troublesome, please reach out to the department,” said Department of Buildings Commissioner James Oddo.
Additionally, Con Edison issued a gas alert advising residents to report any gas leaks immediately by calling 911 or 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).
The city’s emergency management team emphasized the low likelihood of aftershocks from the quake but encouraged New Yorkers to remain vigilant and utilize 911 only for life emergencies. The mayor also reminded folks to check in on relatives.


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