1.5 magnitude earthquake hits New Jersey

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. (AP) - Federal officials say a small earthquake rocked part of New Jersey - measuring in at magnitude 1.5.

The U.S. Geological Survey says it recorded the quake around 6:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Morris Plains. According to the USGS, a 1.5 magnitude earthquake wouldn't be felt by most people except under favorable conditions.

Jessica Turner, a USGS geophysicist, says this tremor was noticeable because its epicenter was directly beneath Morris Plains. Morris Plains Police Lt. Michael Koroski says police received about 25 calls reporting a loud booming noise, but there were no requests for service because of the quake.

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