A 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Southern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut Sunday morning at 9:10 according to the United States Geological Survey, or USGS. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, about a mile off shore from Smith Neck, or about 45 miles away from Providence, Rhode Island.
Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at USGS, said in an interview with The New York Times that “Earthquakes in this area are commonly felt very far away because the rocks in this area are very contiguous, very old, so they transmit the energy very well from earthquakes.” Mr. Caruso also noted that while there have been 26 earthquakes in this region since 1963, Sunday morning’s quake was the largest.
Some minor damage has been reported in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and the local New Bedford fire department is advising residents to check their smokestack and gas lines throughout their homes.
“The Red Cross was seen visiting homes where damage was reported.” Todd Travers of Bristol, Massachusetts said in an interview with WPRI-TV that the earthquake was “so noticeable that all the neighbors went outside.” Several residents of southern New England reported feeling the quake and watching their homes shake.
If you felt the quake, be sure to check your home for any cracked pipes, fallen bricks or odd gas smells. Any of these should be reported to your local fire department via the non-emergency line or your local gas company.