Another earthquake felt in Rhode Island

PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WPRI/AP) — There are reports that another earthquake has shaken Eastern Connecticut earlier Tuesday.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) confirms that a 2.1 magnitude earthquake hit the area near Plainfield around 7:30 a.m.

One Rhode Island resident reported on WPRI.com’s Facebook page that she felt the quake in Foster.

Nearby cities affected:

  1. 1km (1mi) ENE of Wauregan, Connecticut
  2. 8km (5mi) NNE of Plainfield, Connecticut
  3. 10km (6mi) SSW of Killingly Center, Connecticut
  4. 18km (11mi) WNW of Coventry, Rhode Island
  5. 41km (25mi) WSW of Providence, Rhode Island

This is the second earthquake in two days to be felt in Eastern Connecticut. The Weston Observatory at Boston College reports the quakes were recorded Monday near Danielson and in Plainfield. They included four quakes within 20 minutes beginning just after 6:30 a.m. including the 3.1-magnitude tremor, and a 1.3-magnitude quake just after noon.

Plainfield Police Chief Michael Surprenant said he received hundreds of calls from residents.

“This is the last thing I thought I’d be talking to the media about – earthquakes in the town of Plainfield,” he said.

There were reports of shaking, but no major damage or injuries.

“People are concerned because we can’t predict it, we can’t explain how or why it’s happening, and people are concerned because they’re in fear for themselves, they’re in fear for their families,” Surprenant added.

Scientists say such a series of small quakes isn’t unusual in New England, and it’s unlikely that a larger quake is in store.

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