EXETER, N.H. - Residents of New Hampshire and Massachusetts flooded local police departments with 911 calls Thursday morning after a minor earthquake jolted the area.
The United States Geological Survey said the magnitude 2.7 struck around 9:30 a.m. in the area of East Kingston, New Hampshire.
After the quake struck, people across the region begin to call 911 reporting hearing “loud booms” and then the ground moving.
Circled area with blue line that “jumps” is the Exeter, NH earthquake on the @BostonCollege Weston Observatory seismograph. Earthquakes this size happen tens of thousands of times each year worldwide. They are felt but cause only minor damage (like shake things off walls) pic.twitter.com/BP166mLYEd— Kevin Lemanowicz (@KevinBoston25) February 15, 2018
In fact, a Boston 25 News crew was covering a story in Salisbury and was recording video the moment the earthquake struck.
A worker at Jones General Store in East Kingston said he heard and felt the earthquake.
"I heard a muffled 'boom' noise, oh yea it vibrated, but not enough to knock anything down or break any glass," he said.
#WATCH: A #Boston25 News camera was rolling the moment an #earthquake shook parts of New Hampshire & Massachusetts this AM: https://t.co/jnJyQpHGdc @USGS @bhobservatory @ShiriSpear @KevinBoston25 @sarahwroblewski @jenyp pic.twitter.com/r7KATDOtfN— Steven (@StevenYabNews) February 15, 2018
After the earthquake, police departments in the region took to social media to try and reassure residents and to remind them to not call 911 unless it’s a real emergency.
So far there have been no reports of damages or injuries.
Michael Corcoran is the owner of Moto Sports Crossing and is no stranger to loud noises or even his building shaking every day.
"It was loud. I actually thought it was some sort of explosion from out front or something happened on the crossing. The floor shook, the building shook, things rattled a little bit, but I get the train all day, so it's nothing out of the ordinary, but this was much more than the train,” he said.
John Ebel is a senior research scientist at Weston Observatory. He said that they detect about 20 earthquakes a year in New England, with only about half a dozen being felt each year. A quake of this size happens about once or twice a year.
As for a damaging quake, this region has seen one of those in years, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.
“We have had damaging quakes in the remote past...are we going to have a damaging one soon? We don't know, but sooner or later we need to have another strong earthquake to catch up with the long-term averages,” he said.
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