Preliminary reports to the Geological Survey suggested it was felt as far away as the Long Island Sound, said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the agency.
“We wouldn’t expect there to be significant damage from this earthquake,” Mr. Caruso said. “Earthquakes in this area are commonly felt very far away because the rocks in this area are very contiguous, very old, so they transmit the energy very well from earthquakes.”
There have been 26 earthquakes in Southern New England since 1963, Mr. Caruso said, but this was one of the largest.
Janice Warr, who lives in East Freetown, Mass., said she felt the earth shaking for about 20 seconds. The noise reminded her of the sound of an overfilled washing machine.
“The noise got louder and the whole house — windows, pictures on walls were actually shaking,” she said.
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