Earthquake on seismograph
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A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck the Greater New York area, one of the strongest ever recorded.

Many residents of New York City are reporting feeling the earthquake which shook thousands of buildings.

The earthquake was felt by residents of New Jersey as well.

Prior to this, the largest known earthquake in this region occurred in 1884 and had a magnitude of ~5.2.