By ohtadmin | on November 12, 2020
The quake’s epicenter is indicated by the star on this map from the U.S. Geological Survey.
The epicenter in Buzzards Bay was roughly 9 miles off the coast of New Bedford in Bliss Corner, Mass., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Evidenced by dozens of posts on Facebook, temblors were felt on Conanicut Island about 25 miles east of the epicenter.
“Did we just have an earthquake?” Susanne Vieira asked.
“It sure felt and sounded like one,” responded Richard Hitt.
Devin Bridgman said it “shook” his house, and Kathy Fitzgerald said her “cat jumped off the couch” on Capstan Street.
“My house felt like a train was going by five feet away,” said Jamie Hainsworth, town administrator.
Despite the social excitement that followed the quake, Police Chief Ed Mello and Fire Chief Jim Bryer said there was no reported damage.
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, which maintains the four saltwater spans that connect Conanicut and Aquidneck islands to the mainland, said engineers were dispatched to assess the Pell, Mount Hope, Sakonnet River and Verrazzano bridges. They found no issues after utilizing protocols developed specifically for post-earthquake assessments As part of those studies, particular attention was given to the alignment of the joints on the bridges.
Lori Caron Silveira, executive director of the quasi-public agency, said the safety and structural integrity of the four spans is the authority’s “top priority.”
In an interview with The New York Times, geophysicist Paul Caruso said there have been 26 earthquakes in Southern New England since 1963, but this was the largest since the 5.6-magnitude quake that shook central New Hampshire in 194
“Earthquakes in this area are commonly felt very far away because the rocks in this area are very contiguous, very old, so they transmit the energy very well from earthquakes,” he said.
Small temblors strike New England and Long Island roughly twice a year, while moderate quakes hit the region every few decades, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.