Monday, January 12, 2015

Scientists record 5 small earthquakes in Connecticut

JAN. 12, 2015 12:33 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Scientists on Monday recorded five small earthquakes within 5 ½ hours in the same area of eastern Connecticut, including a 3.1-magnitude tremor felt more than 60 miles away in Massachusetts. They followed two smaller quakes in the same area last week.

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.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.1-magnitude tremor was felt in Rhode Island and in Massachusetts in New Bedford and Framingham.

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

Scientists say such a series of small quakes isn't unusual in New England.

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