The Ocean County Compendium of  History
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Earthquakes

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake in Virginia is Felt Across Ocean County and Beyond

An earthquake centered in Virginia registering 5.9 on the Richter Scale was felt across Ocean County and beyond today, August 23, 2011. 

Facebook users immediately began to ask others if they had felt the quake, using that medium to find out information, and to ask about the safety of family members and friends.  Many users of that social network said that land lines and cell phones were temporarily out of service, but no personal or physical damage was reported.

This earthquake is not the first for Ocean County, with more recent tectonic activity taking place in 1977, 1979, 1983, and 1984.  Several earthquakes were reported in the county by the New Jersey Courier and the Ocean County Democrat between 1884 and 1895 in the following news accounts.

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The New Jersey Courier
August 13, 1884
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The Ocean County Democrat
August 14, 1884
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The New Jersey Courier
September 1, 1886
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The New Jersey Courier
September 8, 1886
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The New Jersey Courier
February 11, 1892

Not an earthquake, but interesting geological shifting.
Note the humor in the reporting

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The New Jersey Courier
September 5, 1895

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