Omoyele Sowore, Family Caught in Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake in New York City, Details Emerge

Omoyele Sowore, Family Caught in Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake in New York City, Details Emerge

  • Omoyele Sowore has reacted as an earthquake has hit New Jersey, rattling buildings in New York City and the surrounding areas
  • According to the United States Geological Survey, the magnitude-4.8 quake's epicentre was near Lebanon, New Jersey
  • Sharing his experience on the incident, Omoyele took to his social media platform to inform loved ones and concerned Nigerians about his safety and that of his Family journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Human rights activist and former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore has confirmed that he was caught in the magnitude 4.8 earthquake that hit New York City, surrounding suburbs, and New Jersey on Friday morning, April 5.

Omoyele Sowore experienced 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake in New Jersey
BREAKING: Omoyele Sowore, Family Caught in Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake in New York City, Details Emerge. Photo credit: @YeleSowore
Source: Twitter

The rights activist who lives in New Jersey confirmed this development in a post shared on his X page at about 3.50pm Nigerian time.

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Sowore tweeted:

"I was in a 4.8-magnitude earthquake that just ripped through my area in New Jersey. My family and I are safe."

Nigerians react and express concern over Sowore's update

As usual, Nigerians took to the comment section of X and expressed gratitude to God that Sowore and his family are safe. captured some of their reactions below:

@orllybam tweeted:

"I trust you SOWORE. You and your Family are forever Safe. Evil will not befall you. Chop life go brother."

@ifeanyiakorjuru tweeted:

"I'm glad to hear that you and your family are okay."

@themaxwellade tweeted:

"Thank God."

@chubyke29 tweeted:

"To God be the glory."

@LBamayi tweeted:

"God's protection always. Stay safe in everything."

@toyinbalogun tweeted:

"Thank God you’re safe. Return to your country Biko."

What to know about 4.8 earthquake near New York City

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As reported by CBS, a strong earthquake sent shockwaves throughout New York City and the surrounding area on Friday morning.

The 4.8 quake was centered near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, 40 miles west of New York City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It hit at approximately 10:23 a.m.

The impact was felt throughout the Tri-State Area, including upstate in Syracuse, as well as in Philadelphia and as far away as Baltimore. Reports of buildings shaking and rattling came in from New Jersey to Long Island.

In addition to New York and New Jersey, the quake was felt in parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts as well, Variety reported.

Earthquake: Parts of Taiwan in ruin

Similarly, reported earlier that an earthquake in Taiwan with a magnitude of 7.7, which is the strongest the nation has experienced in 25 years on Wednesday, April 3, killed seven person and injured at least 700 others.

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The earthquake also caused building collapses, power outages and landslides on the island, apart from sparking initial tsunami warnings in southern Japan and the Philippines.


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