Late Tuesday evening, a minor earthquake jolted parts of Central Maryland. The magnitude 2.0 earthquake struck Sykesville, Maryland, at around 11:49 p.m., at a depth of 3.1 miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

There were reports of light shaking reported close to Olney, Germantown, and possibly downtown Silver Spring.

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Through its Did You Feel It website, the agency received 75 reports of the quake from residents of Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties. The majority of respondents reported feeling weak to light shaking. According to a spokesperson for the Howard County Police Department, the 911 centre received several calls from people who “heard a boom or felt a rumble.”

By 5:30 a.m., more than 170 people had submitted reports. Howard County Police said they received reports of a boom and tweeted that it was caused by an earthquake.

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There have been no reports of damage or injuries. According to the USGS, approximately 1 million magnitude earthquakes occur on Earth each year.

The Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as Central Maryland, is a Metropolitan Statistical Area in Maryland defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget.

The combined population of the seven counties was 2,710,489 according to the 2010 Census. In 2012, the MSA had the fourth-highest median household income in the country, at $66,970.

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Greater Baltimore is home to the corporate headquarters of four Fortune 1000 companies: Grace Chemicals , Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price, and McCormick & Company and Fila USA are among the organisations. 

With a population of 585,708 in 2020, Baltimore is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maryland, the fourth most populous city in the Mid-Atlantic, and the 30th most populous city in the United States. Baltimore was designated as an independent city by the Maryland Constitution in 1851, and it is now the most populous independent city in the United States.