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Residents share their experiences of Thursday night’s earthquake

About a dozen area residents shared their experience of Thursday night’s earthquake on the Monitor’s Facebook page. Here is a sampling, with the strongest reactions coming from Hopkinton – no surprise, given that the quake was centered northwest of Contoocook.

From Kelsey Rae Mason: “We felt it in Hopkinton, it was so loud we thought the heater broke. Shook the windows too.”

From Bob Berliner, also in Hopkinton: “Thought another safe exploded in the neighborhood. Whole house shook for about five seconds.”

From Deb Caparco: “I definitely heard it more than felt it on the Heights. Long rumbling.”

From Tanya Lynn Douillette: “I’m in Boscawen, it sounded and felt like a bomb going off, my whole apartment building shook.”

From Bill Kangas: “Felt it (more heard it) in Newbury. Thought it was thunder at first, but looked outside and could see the stars and some thin clouds, not like a stormy sky.”

From Deb McHenry: “I live near the Steeplegate Mall, around 9:07 I heard a rumbling noise and then felt the house shake a little. It was just a couple seconds.”

From Doug Hall in Chichester: “Didn’t hear or feel anything. I guess I missed all the fun.”

The earthquake was classified as a magnitude 2.5 to 2.6 tremor, significantly smaller than the 4.0-magnitude earthquake that struck New England a year ago.

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