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New York City Holds Press Conference After 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake

New York City Holds Press Conference After 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake

New York, April 5, 2024 — New York City Mayor Eric Adams addressed the public on Friday afternoon following a 4.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled the region at approximately 10:23 am. The epicenter of the quake was in Lebanon, New Jersey, about 50 miles west of the city. While there were no immediate reports of major injuries or infrastructural damage, the temblor caused concern and disruption throughout the five boroughs.

The press conference, held at New York City Emergency Management Headquarters, aimed to reassure residents and update them on the situation. Mayor Adams, joined by key city officials like Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol and Schools Chancellor David Banks, emphasized that safety remained the top priority.

Officials confirmed no reports of major injuries or damage to infrastructure. However, they encouraged residents to remain vigilant and report any damage to buildings by calling 311. Schools across the city reported no structural damage and continued normal operations after inspections.

The Department of Buildings urged construction professionals to inspect their buildings, and Con Edison reported their energy grid remained functional. They advised residents to call 911 or their customer service line if they detected a gas leak. The MTA assured riders that subway and bridge and tunnel service continued uninterrupted.

While the initial shock had subsided, officials cautioned there’s a low chance of aftershocks. “If you feel an aftershock, drop to the floor, cover your head and neck, and take cover under a solid piece of furniture next to an interior wall or in a doorway,” said Mayor Adams.

Public notification about the earthquake arrived through NotifyNYC approximately 20 minutes after the event. Officials explained the delay was necessary to confirm details and provide accurate safety guidance.

Mayor Adams encouraged residents to stay calm, check on loved ones, and sign up for NotifyNYC updates available in 14 languages. The City continues to assess the situation and will provide further updates as they become available.

 

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