At approximately 5:45 a.m., a minor 1.7 magnitude earthquake struck Astoria in Queens, New York City. This seismic event led to unexpected consequences on Roosevelt Island, located on the East River. Residents in the affected areas reported experiencing what sounded like small explosions.

These incidents primarily occurred along Main Street, just south of the Roosevelt Island Tramway, shortly before 6 a.m. The tremors and resultant noises caused considerable panic among the local populace​​​​​​​​.

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The New York Fire Department (FDNY) swiftly responded to reports of underground explosions on Roosevelt Island. Despite the alarming nature of these events, no injuries were reported. The earthquake’s impact extended beyond mere noise and fear; it also caused buildings on Roosevelt Island to shake, leading to power outages in the area. The incidents and subsequent power loss caused significant concern among residents and authorities alike​​​​.

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Footage and reports from local residents circulated on social media and news outlets, highlighting the scale of the event. The earthquake, while minor in magnitude, underscored the vulnerability of urban areas to even small seismic activities. Authorities worked to assure the public of their safety and to restore normalcy in the aftermath of the earthquake and the related disruptions.