A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook southern New England just after 9am on Sunday.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake’s epicenter was reported at Bliss Corner in Dartmouth. A number of NBC 10 Boston viewers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island reported the shock.
No preliminary reports of injuries or damage were found. Police in the area’s towns, including Dartmouth and Falmouth, Rochester, Westport and Fall River, said they had received calls from residents, but no one was hurt.
The quake was a shallow one, which increases the likelihood of small damage and the possibility seems large area.
On an earthquake magnitude scale, it is considered a “light” earthquake, which is often felt but causes only minor damage.
The most recent -.- plus-magnitude earthquake in the Northeast was in Ohio in 2010. In New England, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake shook Maine in 2012.
“At about 9:10 a.m. Sunday, we felt what an earthquake was,” said spectator Greg Lewandowski. “It lasted about 20 seconds, starting as a thumping sound then the house started shaking.”
The viewer told Dr. Stapleton that he felt it in the north of Wakefield, Massachusetts.
Raymond Jerome added that about 2 minutes ago I felt a huge deep throb and my whole house in Hopkinton shook.
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“We just had an earthquake,” said Victor Rebello of South Dartmouth. “The house shook and the glass shattered. No visible damage.”
“I live in Douglas Ma and I don’t know of anyone else in the area, but I believe we had a little earthquake because our house shook a little and we heard a dizzy tremor,” said Amy Kundal. “Just walked for a few seconds but clearly felt.”