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Earthquake hits Long Island shores

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A minor earthquake shook eastern Long Island early Tuesday morning.

The magnitude 3.9 quake was detected about 80 miles south-southeast of Southampton just before 4 a.m., according to The U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was about 122 miles from New York City.

The Southampton Police Department told Fox 5 News that alarms went off in a couple of buildings.

People in towns further east including East Hampton reported feeling the earthquake as well, according to police.

There were widespread reports of shaking across Mass., R.I., N.Y., Conn., and N.J.

There were no reports of injuries.

The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 4.1 miles in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the USGS website.

By early afternoon, the search term 'long island earthquake' was among the top ten 'hot topics' on Google.com/trends.

According to the USGS which monitors earthquakes across the country, an earthquake of up to a magnitude of 4.0 "infrequently causes damage near its source." 

Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains are less frequent than in the West and are felt over a much broader region, according to the site.

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