The United States Geological Survey reports a magnitude 3.1 earthquake in New Jersey

The United States Geological Survey reports a magnitude 3.1 earthquake in New Jersey
The United States Geological Survey said a small earthquake was detected in New Jersey early Wednesday morning.

The epicenter of the initial magnitude 3.1 earthquake was near southeastern Freehold, New Jersey, according to the US Geological Survey. Reports on social media show that the earthquake was felt all the way to Southeast Queens, and Bed Stewie, Brooklyn.

"I live in Freehold and I thought something hit the house," said Teresa McAllister.

Robert Sanders, a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey, tells NBC News by phone that an earthquake in the area is “relatively uncommon. 1992 and the 3.5 earthquake in 1979.

"It will take a few days or weeks before analysts can tell if there is a specific error in the cause here," Sanders said.

It is unclear if any injuries and damages have been reported, but Sanders said structural damage is possible but unlikely. He said the damage was most likely dropped from the shelves.

Unlike earthquakes on the west coast, earthquakes that occur on the west coast are widely felt, according to the US Geological Survey. Scientists are looking into the causes, but some factors have to do with the nature of tectonic plates, the size and age of the buildings here.

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