An earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale struck parts of southern New England shortly after 9 am on Sunday.
According to the US Geological SurveyThe epicenter was at Place Corner, part of Dartmouth. Several NBC10 viewers in Boston, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have reported feeling the tremors.
There were no initial reports of injuries or damage. Police in Dartmouth and townships in the area, including Falmouth, Rochester, Westport and Fall River, said they had received calls from residents but no one reported any damage.
The earthquake was shallow, increasing the likelihood of minor damage and more likely to be felt by people in a larger area.
On the earthquake strength scale, it is considered a “mild” earthquake, which is often felt but causes only minor damage.
The most recent magnitude 4.0 earthquake was in the northeast in Ohio in 2019. In New England, there was a 4.7-magnitude earthquake in Maine in 2012.
“At around 9:10 Sunday morning, we felt what was an earthquake,” said viewer Greg Lewandowski. It lasted about twenty seconds and started like a roaring sound, then the house began to shake.
Spectator Dory Stapleton said she felt it as far north as Wakefield, Massachusetts.
Raymond Jerome added: “About two minutes ago, I felt a deep, loud rumbling and shook my whole house in Hopkinton.”
“We just had an earthquake,” said Victor Rebelo from South Dartmouth. “The house shook and the glass shook. No damage was seen.”
Amy Kundall said, “I live in Douglas and I don’t know anyone else in the area, but I think we’ve just had a small earthquake where our house shook a little and heard a faint rumble.” “It only lasted for a few seconds but I felt it clearly.”