U.S. Geological Survey says small earthquake centered in New Hampshire

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Associated Press
Thursday, February 15, 2018

A minor earthquake shook parts of New England on Thursday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 2.7 quake centered on East Kingston struck about 9:30 a.m. at a depth of 6.3 kilometers.

John Ebel, a senior research scientist at Boston College’s Weston Observatory, said people near the epicenter would probably have heard a loud boom, while people farther away would hear a rumbling and some ground shaking, maybe window rattling.

But, he said, “it was way below the threshold for damage.”

The earthquake was felt in northeast Massachusetts and, Ebel said, probably in southwestern Maine as well.

He said earthquakes of around magnitude 3.0 are “not an uncommon occurrence” in New England.