8/14/2015 — Rare New Jersey / New York Earthquake — Craton edge displacement obvious

A very rare M2.5 earthquake struck the East coast in New Jersey , just a few miles West of metropolitan New York City.

2.5 new york new jersey aug 15 2015 earthquake

The earthquake epicenter was below a residential subdivision between Bernardsville + Mendham New Jersey.

new york new jersey earthquake aug 14 2015


New York , New England, and the East coast were areas of focus in the most recent earthquake forecasts.

The earthquake forecasts called for “booms and rumbles” to strike the region surrounding New Jersey.

A M2.5 certainly qualifies for both a boom or rumble.  Most likely felt by locals in the immediate area as a boom, or explosion.


Overall, this activity comes after several days of craton edge movement.  New earthquakes at the Texas fracking operations, and multiple swarms at volcanic locations along the West coast of the United States point towards the plate edge being fully displaced this past week.

As we have seen in the past, when the plate is displaced on the West coast, we then see the midwest move, followed finally by the East coast.

Plate movement from the NW to the South, which then pushes the plate edge towards the NE — causing earthquakes along the way.

new york new jersey earthquake aug 14a 2015


Information on this earthquake from the USGS:

Magnitude/uncertainty 2.5 mb_lg± 0.1
Location/uncertainty 40.747°N 74.574°W± 1.3 km
Depth/uncertainty 5.5 km± 7.6
Origin Time
Number of Stations
Number of Phases 39
Minimum Distance 7.12 km (0.06°)
Travel Time Residual 0.65 sec
Azimuthal Gap 90°
FE Region New Jersey (494)