A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rocked areas south of New England just after 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake concentrated in Bliss Corner, part of Dartmouth. Many viewers of NBC10 Boston in Massachusetts and Rhode Island said they were feeling shaken.
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There were no preliminary reports of injury or damage. Police in Dartmouth and regional towns including Falmouth, Rochester, Westport and Fall River said they had received calls from residents but no one had reported the damage.
An earthquake is a shallow earthquake that increases the likelihood of mild damage and can be felt over a larger area.
In terms of earthquake magnitude, it is considered a “mild” earthquake, usually perceptible but causes only minor damage.
The most recent magnitude 4.0 earthquake in the northeast was in Ohio in 2019. In New England, a magnitude 4.7 earthquake in Maine in 2012.
“Around 9:10 am on Sunday we feel what an earthquake is,” said viewer Greg Levanduski. “It lasted for about 20 seconds, it started with a roaring noise then the house started to shake.”
Viewer Dorrie Stapleton said she felt it as far north as Wakefield, Massachusetts.
Raymond Jerome added: “About two minutes ago, I felt a loud noise and my whole house in Hopkinton shook.
“We just experienced an earthquake,” said Victor Rebello of South Dartmouth. “The house shook and the glass broke. No apparent damage.”
Amy Cundall said: “I live in Douglas Ma and don’t know anyone else in the area but I believe we just experienced a small earthquake when our house shook slightly and we heard a sound. faint rumble. “Only lasted for a few seconds but was clearly felt.”