Earthquake in Massachusetts?

Katie Barrow, Writer

As surprising as it may seem, there was recently a 3.6 magnitude earthquake in Buzzards Bay. NBC10 Boston reported the earthquake to be on Sunday, November 8th, at 9 in the morning, off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts. It was felt in other areas as well: in Rhode Island and Connecticut, and even as far as Long Island, New York.

NBC10 Boston interviewed a seismologist, Dr. Alan Kaftka, who said that earthquakes are fairly common in New England, but that this is the strongest one in the Northeast in decades. He said that in New England there had only been “nine earthquakes of that size” since the 1700s.

NBC10 Boston also interviewed Paul Caruso, a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist, who said that the most similar earthquake in magnitude since then was a magnitude 3.5 earthquake in March, 1976. 

Many people in New England reported a loud rumble noise in their house, causing some commotion. However, there was no serious damage. 

Out of the few places with damage, a neighborhood in New Bedford had chimneys collapse in two separate apartment buildings. The Red Cross helped people living in these apartments, as well as other families in New Bedford homes affected by the earthquake.


Where the earthquake was felt Source: U.S. Geological Survey