The United States Geological Survey reports the 3.6-magnitude earthquake struck at 9:10 a.m. in an area of Buzzards Bay that is about 6.8 miles south of Dartmouth’s Bliss Corner neighborhood.
According to the USGS, the quake struck at a depth of approximately 6.2 miles.
Initially, the USGS report indicated the magnitude of the earthquake may have been as high as 4.2. That was later revised downward to 4.0, and then again to 3.6.
NewsCenter 5 received reports of people feeling it from New Bedford to East Bridgewater, up to Natick and as far as Granby and Gloucester. Residents of Rhode Island, Connecticut and even New Hampshire have also reported feeling the earthquake.
USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso told The Associated Press that about 14,000 people went to the agency’s website to report the earthquake, including people from Easthampton, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut, which are about 100 miles away from the epicenter. Caruso also said the USGS received several reports of the earthquake from Boston residents, who were more than 50 miles away from the quake.
The Red Cross of Massachusetts told NewsCenter 5 that three New Bedford homes in the area of Crapo and Nelson streets had to be evacuated due to structural damage caused by the earthquake. As a result, 10 families totaling 22 people have been displaced.
According to the Red Cross, the property manager for the homes is working with the agency to help provide lodging support for the affected residents.