Earthquakes alarm CT residents — today, and centuries ago
Meghan Friedmann | on July 27, 2019
DURHAM — Residents in and around Durham took to social media Saturday morning to talk about the rumbling they felt and heard.
“What the hell was that?!” one man asked in a public Facebook group.
As it turned out, they had experienced a 1.9 magnitute earthquake, centered some 2 miles from Durham and 5 miles from Middletown, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Those who wondered what was going on were not the first in Connecticut to be alarmed by rumblings in the ground.
In 1791, residents as far away as Boston and New York felt an earthquake that was centered near Moodus, a known hub of seismic activity, according to the Northeast States Emergency Consortium.
An earthquake hit near Hartford half a century later, sending terrified citizens running from churches, the site said, and another struck the Bridgeport area in 1845.
More recently, the Plainfield region faced a “swarm” of tremors in 2015, CBS reported.
Saturday’s quake hit shortly before 8:00 a.m., Facebook posts show.