Residents of sections of New York and New Jersey were rocked by an earthquake on Friday morning.

The US Geological Survey says the quake was registered at magnitude 4.7 on the Richter scale. The centre of the quake was approximately 70 miles from New York, in Lebanon, New Jersey.

Residents across the boroughs of New York have told our news centre that the shaking lasted for 30 seconds to a minute, starting at 10:23 am local time.

The shaking was reportedly felt in cities from Philadelphia to Boston.

There are no reports of significant damage yet.

However, the New York Police Department is urging the residents of the city not to call 911.

The last earthquake to rock New York was registered at 1.8 on the Richter Scale in January.

The strongest quake to strike New York, was a 5.2 magnitude earthquake in 1884.