Earthquake and Aftershock in Bronxville

By Staff

April 5, 2024 (updated at 6:15pm):  If you were in your home or out and about at 10:23 this morning, you may have felt an unusual shaking on the ground.  

It has been reported that this was a 4.7 magnitude earthquake that hit parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. According to Michigan Technological University, an earthquake with a magnitude of "2.5 to 4.8" is "often felt but only causes minor damage."

You may have also felt additional shaking around 6pm in what's being described as a 4.0 aftershock. It has also been reported that additional aftershocks are possible.

Governor Hochul said that this was the most powerful earthquake felt by the East Coast since at least 2011 and the strongest to hit the East Coast directly in the last century.

According to a news release from the office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer at 11:50 this morning, they had received "no reports of damage."  They are advising that residents "check for gas or water leaks, or any structural damage to their homes."

Bronxville Police Chief Satriale said, "While it is unlikely that we will see damage from the earthquake, we encourage you to check your home or business for potential issues. If you smell the odor of natural gas, please leave your home immediately and call 911 from outside your home. If you have any damage that requires immediate attention please call the police desk at 914-337-0500."

According to the US Geological Society, the earthquake is caused by "a sudden slip on a fault. The tectonic plates are always slowly moving, but they get stuck at their edges due to friction. When the stress on the edge overcomes the friction, there is an earthquake that releases energy in waves that travel through the earth's crust and cause the shaking that we feel."

MyhometownBronxville will update this report as more information comes in.

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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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