A 1.7-magnitude earthquake caused the rumbling reported by dozens in Northeast Philadelphia late Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said Saturday. No significant damage was reported. The microtemblor, which some said could be felt as far away as Bensalem, struck just after 9:30 p.m. with an epicenter just blocks from the Franklin Mills Mall. Government seismologists had said Friday that an earthquake was not to blame for the boom reported by residents near the intersection of Knights and Fairdale Roads, but they revised their findings on their website Saturday. LINK

First a tornado now an earthquake. What’s next a plague of locusts? Fire and brimstone? (seriously I wouldn’t be surprised by that). The Oberfrau swears she heard this noise the other night. I can’t say the same thing but one thing is certain- this small earthquake unnerved plenty people in my old neighborhood. When I first heard the reports, the USGS said it wasn’t an earthquake. I figured it was a meteor or something like that. Since then initial reports have been revised. It seems now that it was a small earthquake after all.

Philly has its share of natural enemies. Blizzards, heat waves, nor’easters, civil unrest… but earthquakes and tornadoes aren’t usually on our dance card. So when they do occur around here it’s quite the buzz. In any event no one was hurt and there was no damage reported. Whew!



  1. URSIS says:

    Can’t believe all this is happening when I don’t live there now. Seems like you’ve experienced enough to come visit SD now:)

  2. Ingineer66 says:

    I didn’t know people could feel a 1.7 earthquake. Out here they don’t make the news until they hit 4 or better. And even that size is rare here.

  3. Bob G. says:

    I think SOMEONE is trying to tell Mayor Nutter something…
    He’d best listen up, too.

    Stay safe out there…and stop all that shaking!


  4. bob (either orr) says:

    We had one, oh, probably about 15 years back out in the western ‘burbs. Small fault around Lancaster. We were heading home from the mother-in-law’s and the road was shakin’ as we got to the end of I-176 at Morgantown.
    As I remember, that was rated at about a 3.0.

  5. Howie says:

    A 1.7? Are you kidding me? That does not even register in Cali as an earthquake.

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