The United States Geological Survey recorded a preliminary 3.6 magnitude earthquake at 9:10 a.m. south of Boston, Massachusetts Sunday.
According to preliminary reports, the earthquake was felt moderately by many residents in southern New England, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. No damage reports have been filed.
On the Richter scale, this is considered a “minor” earthquake. Effects typically include shaking and rattling of items but no damage is caused.
According to the USGS, people in New England have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from a few larger ones since the colonial times. the most recent New England earthquake to cause moderate damage was a 5.6 magnitude earthquake in 1940 in central New Hampshire.