Magnitude 3.6 earthquake hits off Massachusetts coast; CT, RI residents also affected

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CONNECTICUT (WTNH/WPRI) — The United State Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed an earthquake hit off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday morning. Connecticut residents said they felt it up and down the state.

The earthquake happened around 9:10 a.m. just off Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.

The USGS called it a 4.0 magnitude but said it was a 3.6 on Monday. Experts said it’s uncommon to have an earthquake of this magnitude in this area.

The magnitude of Sunday’s quake is significant for this region. Rhode Island has an earthquake history, but they are usually referred to as tremors in the 1-2 magnitude range.

WEB EXTRA: Storm Team 8’s Sam Kantrow explains why east coast earthquakes can be felt at longer distances than earthquakes in other locations.

News 8 viewers reported feeling the earthquake in areas of Eastern Connecticut such as Essex, North Stonington, Ledyard and Mystic — with additional reports from Hartford County and New Haven County.

However, according to Governor Ned Lamont, no damage has been reported in CT as a result of the quake.

The quake lasted only seconds, but it did leave damage in some places. A man in Bedford, Massachusetts, reported minor damage inside his apartment, finding more by the furnace in the basement, as well.

His report prompted his neighbors to check their homes, too, where they found crumbling bricks and even carbon monoxide leaks.

Scientists said there may be aftershocks but they shouldn’t be strong enough to cause more damage or even be felt.

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