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EWR Ground Stop April 5 due to earthquake

EWR Ground Stop April 5 due to earthquake

Old Apr 5, 2024, 8:47 am
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EWR Ground Stop April 5 due to earthquake

Pulled up FR24, and noticed EWR had no departures or arrivals for a bit - lines of aircraft awaiting for takeoff with no movement; arriving aircraft circling around nearby. Social media is saying a minor earthquake in NJ (4.7), which may be connected.

Does not seem to be affecting LGA or JFK.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 8:50 am
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Yes, there was an earthquake. It was abrupt, but short. Looks like it caused an evacuation of the ATC Tower.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 8:56 am
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At least seven inbound aircraft have already diverted:

UA337: AUS-EWR diverting to MDT
UA374: CLE-EWR diverting to PIT
UA1164: FLL-EWR diverting to IAD
UA1213: RSW-EWR diverting to PHL
UA1657: IAH-EWR diverting to ABE
UA1994: PBI-EWR diverting to ABE
UA2033: TPA-EWR diverting to IAD
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 9:01 am
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EWR Ground Stop April 5 due to earthquake

EWR currently has a ground stop in place due to 'other'. Many inbound planes are circling and at least one BOS-EWR is in the process of diverting back to BOS.

There was an earthquake (4.8) in New Jersey a little while ago which is presumably causing this. (I believe inspections have to be performed to the runways following an event like this).

Departures are occurring however, so I figure arrivals may begin again soon.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 9:01 am
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Both EWR and JFK are under an FAA ground stop.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by LarryJ
Both EWR and JFK are under an FAA ground stop.
Looks like takeoffs have resumed at EWR.

I wasn't tracking JFK (or LGA), as there seemed to be of little effect there, if any. Was seeing a constant flow of inbounds to both airports, at least. In looking now, there are also takeoffs. The effect is not as strong as in NJ.
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We felt it here in NYC -- and it felt different than the ones we are used to in Japan.

Very strange to have one here though...
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So, so happy I was on the 6AM from BOS to EWR!!!!
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by bmwe92fan
We felt it here in NYC -- and it felt different than the ones we are used to in Japan. ...
Type -- subduction, slip, .... and depth, and of course, magnitude impacts the "feel"
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Originally Posted by bmwe92fan
We felt it here in NYC -- and it felt different than the ones we are used to in Japan.

Very strange to have one here though...
That's interesting that it felt different, never would have thought that would be something that is perceptible. Different types of faults I suppose.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 10:39 am
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Originally Posted by mogi67
That's interesting that it felt different, never would have thought that would be something that is perceptible. Different types of faults I suppose.
Yes - as WineCountryUA pointed out there are many factors -- but I think to me it was more about how the building's are built here versus in Japan where the quakes are frequent and buildings are specifically designed for them... We live in FiDi in an older "bank" building that was definitely not built with earthquakes in mind lol.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 11:23 am
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The U.S. Geological Survey reported a quake at 10:23 a.m. with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 centered near Whitehouse Station in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
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20+ diversions away from EWR since the tower evac'd, none away from LGA/JFK.
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4.7 and they evac the tower? We don't get out of bed for that in California.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee
4.7 and they evac the tower? We don't get out of bed for that in California.
The buildings on the East Coast aren't designed for earthquakes like they are in California. In addition, I understand the differences in soil composition and compaction lead to greater effects at lower magnitudes for the region extending from the Ohio Valley to NYC and down to DC..
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