1.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rumbles Spring Ridge

The United States Geological Survey has detected another small earthquake in the Wyomissing area Sunday evening. The magnitude 1.3 quake was recorded on November 3th, at a depth of 5 kilometers, Southwest of Wyomissing Hills, near the Berkshire Mall.

The recorded time was 10:51pm Sunday evening. The earthquake was picked up by multiple monitoring stations.

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According to the USGS, Berks falls into the Lancaster seismic zone of southeastern Pennsylvania. Earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S., although less frequent than in the western U.S., are typically felt over a much broader region. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast.

A map on the USGS website shows the location of the earthquake in Wyomissing Hills.

As with previous local earthquakes, many residents quickly took to social media to report hearing loud booms and minor window rattling. Here is the USGS initial: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us700062se/executive

UPDATE An earlier version of this article stated the earthquake as a 1.6 magnitude with an epicenter Southwest of Wyomissing Hills. After further review from the Lamont-Doherty Cooperative Seismographic Network, the earthquake was downgraded to a 1.3 and location re-positioned to North Northwest of Spring Ridge. Revised USGS data can be found here: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ld60067803/technical

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