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What causes earthquakes in the Northeast, like the magnitude 4.8 that shook New Jersey? A geoscientist explains

It’s rare to feel earthquakes in the U.S. Northeast, so the magnitude 4.8 earthquake in New Jersey that shook buildings in New York City and was felt from Maryland to Boston on April 5, 2024, drew a lot of questions. It was one of the strongest earthquakes on record in New Jersey, though there were few reports of damage. A smaller, magnitude 3.8 earthquake and several other smaller aftershocks rattled the region a few hours later.

‘Valuable and largely overlooked:’ Interest in virtual power plants grows

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced in February that it was seeking comment on proposed rules related to use of distributed energy resources and virtual power plants. “Distributed resources provide the possibility for those who were traditionally consumers to play an active role in ensuring electric reliability and resiliency for themselves and their neighbors, and often in a less expensive way than traditional large generation that requires delivery infrastructure,” the commission’s chair and vice chair said in a joint statement.

Uncommitted PA aims for 40,000 write-in votes in April 23 primary

A group of two dozen volunteer and grassroots organizations from across Pennsylvania on Wednesday outlined their reasons for supporting the “uncommitted” voting initiative backed by the Democratic Socialists of America, that urges Democrats to cast protest votes against President Joe Biden in the April 23 primary, for his handling of the Israel-Hamas war.