1.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near New Bedford, Mass. | NECN

1.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near New Bedford, Mass.



    (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN: New Bedford, Mass.) - Some people in Southeastern Mass. may have felt the ground shake Thursday morning.

    The Weston Observatory says an earthquake struck near New Bedford just before 11 a.m.

    Dr. John Ebel of the Weston Observatory joined NECN to discuss the earthquake. He says that earthquakes are more common in New England than most people realize.

    “We pick up about half a dozen earthquakes per year that are felt somewhere in New England. Most of them are like the one this morning; small, no damage, felt by just a few local residents,” Dr. Ebel said.

    He added that eastern Massachusetts tends to see more of this kind of activity than other parts of New England.

    Additionally, Dr. Ebel said those who felt the earthquake this morning must have been within a few miles of its center. They would have felt shaking, rumbling, and possibly heard a loud boom.