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2.1-magnitude earthquake recorded in Franklin County

July 16, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — A small earthquake was recorded in Franklin County, Pa., late Monday by the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center.

A 2.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded at 11:58 p.m. in what the U.S. Geological Survey’s system calls Guilford Siding. That area, which is believed to refer to Guilford Township, is six miles north of Waynesboro.

No residents reported to the center that they felt the earthquake, geophysicist John Bellini said.

This type of earthquake would typically last a second or two, and could be felt, Bellini said.

“It’s just a jolt people will feel or a boom they hear,” he said.

The tremor comes nearly two years after an extremely rare earthquake rattled the East Coast, including all of the Tri-State area.

That quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said registered a magnitude 5.8, occurred on Aug. 23, 2011.

— Jennifer Fitch

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