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Saturday, May 25, 2024

2024 Earthquake: Nothing to See Here

Local officials have pledged to rebuild after the earthquake that shook the area April 5, but so far, short of some broken plates and frayed nerves, they’ve yet to find anything that needs rebuilding.  

Aftershocks from the magnitude 4.8 earthquake continued into this past Tuesday and officials from the U.S. Geological Survey said they are likely to continue for another week or two though they should decline in frequency. 

By Tuesday, more than 50 aftershocks had been recorded, including one that was felt in Blairstown during Monday’s partial solar eclipse. The other aftershocks were recorded Monday, all ranging between 1.3 and 1.6 of the Richter scale. 

In Knowlton, Mayor Debra Shipps said no problems had been reported to town officials though it was noted that a crack could be seen in the plaster of the township committee meeting room in the municipal building. 

But since there was no way of knowing if the wall cracked April 5, 2024, or April 5, 1944, a costly investigation by structural engineers and seismologists would be needed. There would be a better chance of having an earthquake and an eclipse on the same day than that ever happening. 

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.