“It felt like a mortar,” described one New Jersey veteran.
A small earthquake shook buildings throughout the New York metropolitan area on Friday morning.
According to the United States Geological Service, a magnitude 2.2 meteor struck the New York metropolitan area at around 1:50 a.m.
The quake struck south of Hastings-on-Hudson, a Westchester County village about 10 miles north of New York City. There were no initial reports of damage or injury from the seismic activity.
Residents in New York and New Jersey described the impact of the quake as dramatic and palpable, although it caused no damage.
Yonkers, New York resident Sophia Balaj told ABC News that the quake produced a loud rumble for a few seconds that was so distinct that everyone on the video call she was on asked each other if they felt the same trembling.
Englewood, NJ, resident Erica Diggs, a military veteran who served on two tours in Iraq, likened the feel of the earthquake to a mortar.
“It felt like a mortar and it sounded like a mortar.” She later added that the tremor “brought me memories of being in my trailer when I was in Iraq and the mortars hit so close. “
White Plains resident Allison Solin added that as a New Yorker, her ignorance of earthquakes has led to some panic about the source of the tremors that hit her home.
“I was like, ‘This isn’t wind,'” she told ABC News. “And then I was like, oh my god, is there a bomb blast nearby?”
Like Solin, many residents near New York City took to social media early Friday morning to ask if others had felt a similar shock.
Earthquakes near New York City are relatively rare, although occasional shaking has affected the region.
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Virginia in 2011, causing significant shaking along the east coast, including New York City. Another 3.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Southampton in 2010 sparked similar concerns among New York residents.
The New York earthquake occurred the same evening as a much more powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake triggered a small tsunami in the Pacific Ocean.