BOSTON (CBS / AP) – A strong earthquake that struck southern New England for decades shook homes and nerves Sunday morning, but no significant damage was reported, officials said.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The epicenter was reported below the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
The quake struck at a depth of more than 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) and was felt across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and into Connecticut and Long Island in New York.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued in March 1976.
More than 14,000 people went to the agency’s website to report the quake, including several in East Hampton, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) away, and 50 miles (80 kilometers) away in Boston. He said.
In New England it is not uncommon.
“It’s common for them to feel too far away, because the rock here is old and unstable and transmits energy very far,” Caruso said.
Ali Kenner Bradsky, who lives in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, away from the epicenter, was sitting in her kitchen with her son.
“It was a crater. Something seemed to explode. It made a noise. The whole house shook,” she said.
It lasts 10 to 15 seconds, she said. “At that moment, it seems to be happening forever.”
Her husband Sam, who thought the boiler had exploded, ran to the basement.
Caruso said magnitude 3.6 earthquakes rarely cause major damage.
Chris Bessie, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, said they had not received any reports of significant damage.
There have been some reports of minor damage.
New Bedford Mayor Joan Mitchell reported that at least two homes in the city’s south end were damaged by the quake. The fire department is inspecting the basements and assisting Red Cross affected residents.
– Joan Mitchell (on JanmitchelNB) November 8, 2020
“I encourage everyone to check their chimneys for damage, especially in the basement. If you find damage, please call the fire department. You should also make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working,” Mitchell tweeted.
Fall River police tweeted that they had received several phone calls about the quake.
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