Small Earthquake Rouses Upper Valley Residents Wednesday Night

  • map courtesy of USGS A map shows a collection of resident reports of IV level, or weak, seismic activity after a preliminary magnitude 2.3 earthquake was felt in White River Junction and several surrounding towns late Wednesday night. map courtesy of USGS

Published: 12/21/2017 12:49:08 AM
Modified: 12/21/2017 4:20:15 PM

White River Junction — Did you feel the rumble Wednesday evening?

Dozens of residents across the Upper Valley reported feeling what United States Geological Survey seismologists are calling a magnitude 2.3 earthquake that struck around 11:30 p.m.

Early reports show the epicenter of the low-grade quake was about 4 miles from White River Junction and was less than 4 miles deep, according to the USGS. The numbers are preliminary.

People in the area quickly jumped to social media and confirmed others had felt it, with reports coming from as far away as Hanover, Norwich, Lebanon, Hartland, Cornish and Plainfield.

On Facebook, some commenters said they initially thought snow was falling off of their roofs or that their furnaces had exploded. They did not indicate their homes had suffered any damage, but reported rattling dishes and frightened pets.

“Maybe that’s why my puppy came running to the door looking like she was terrified of something outside!” one person wrote.

“At first I thought it was snow/ice coming off my roof, but then realized that it had already happened the day before!” another person said. “My cat perked right up and stared!”

Hanover dispatch said no damage had been reported.

Posted at 12:45 a.m. on Thursday. Updated at 12:15 p.m.

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