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New Jersey quake follows on Sandy’s heels

RINGWOOD, N.J. — As they recovered from Hurricane Sandy, some residents in northern New Jersey awoke to a small earthquake early Monday.

The quake, with a magnitude of 2.0, struck at 1:19 a.m. and was centered in Ringwood, a community that is still dealing with downed trees and power outages from the storm.

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Geophysicist Jessica Turner at the National Earthquake Information Center said residents reported hearing a loud boom. Turner said those on upper floors of a home might have felt shaking or seen objects on walls vibrate.

The quake was 3 miles below ground and could also be felt in Mahwah, Wanaque, Oakland, Franklin Lakes, West Milford, and Paterson.

Ringwood police said there were no reports of damage.

Turner said the last earthquake in New Jersey had a 2.2 magnitude and was recorded in February 2010.

Last week, a light earthquake struck southern Alaska, shaking residents of Anchorage and Kenai. The magnitude 4.2 quake was about 34 miles northwest of Anchorage. There were no reports of damage, officials said.

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