On Tuesday, August 23 around 1:51pm the greater Milford area, along with most of the Eastern Coast of the United States experiences the tremors from a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. The epicenter was in a small rural town known as Mineral Virginia which is located between Charlottesville and Richmond.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Tremors were felt cross the East Coast, as far south as North Carolina and as far north as Rhode Island. Federal buildings in New York City and Washington D.C. were evacuated and many major airports and train stations were closed for safety issues.
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) began inspecting infrastructures around the state of Delaware following the quake and reported no major damages. “Initial reports in from the four districts serving the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) following today’s earthquake are that no damage was suffered among the department’s various infrastructure of roadways and bridges,” confirmed a statement released by DelDOT sent out just hours after the quake was felt.
“DelDOT has a list for bridge inspections, and visual inspections are underway,” continued the statement. “The Indian River Inlet Bridge under construction was inspected and no damage was found. The adjacent existing span over the Indian River Inlet is being surveyed, but there is no apparent damage reported at this time. There are no reports of damage to roadways and no closures caused by the earthquake that was felt along major portions of the east coast.”
The vibrations from the quake were felt downtown as shop owners saw their shelved items moving around. “It started as a low rumble and I could hear it before I felt it,” commented Deborah Wolstein as she was shopping downtown. “Then everything started to shake. Everyone on Walnut Street came out of their office to see what was going on; the street was packed with people.”
City of Milford officials inspected infrastructure around the city and determine that no extensive damage to any utilities or buildings occurred. As with most of the Eastern states, Delaware was grateful that the earthquake did little damage and caused more curiosity in the minds of individuals than any physical damage.