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An earthquake strikes DC Maryland area

A small earthquake struck Tuesday January 2 shortly before 1 A.M. in the Northwest D.C. Maryland area.

Data from the U.S. Geological Survey recorded the earthquake between Gaithersburg and Rockville Maryland.

There were no injuries or damage reported in the incident, but hundreds did report it according to Montgomery County Police.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded it as a 2.3 magnitude earthquake which is relatively mild.

There were a few reports of shaking and at least one person reported a loud boom and shaking windows according to WTOP.

Most people were able to sleep right through the disturbance.

A 2.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Sykesville back in October of 2022.

Earthquakes in the Maryland D.C. area are not uncommon as numerous fault lines lie beneath both Maryland and Virginia as well.

Usually, these earthquakes are extremely mild and rarely noticed or reported.

This one just happened in the middle of the night and startled some residents.

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