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Small earthquake rumbles near New Bedford

A 1.9-magnitude earthquake jostled the earth near New Bedford this morning, officials said.

The quake was recorded by the Weston Observatory at 10:52 a.m., about seven miles north of New Bedford, or about three miles southeast of Freetown.

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“People would have only felt it for two to three seconds at the most, and it’s well below the magnitude to have caused any damage,” said senior research scientist John Ebel.

The New Bedford Fire Department received many calls from citizens concerned that there might have been an explosion near by, said Chief Michael Gomes.

“The phone lines light up,” said Gomes. “People wanted to know what the cause of the rumble was.”

No injuries were reported, said New Bedford Police Officer Leonard Mota.

An earthquake of 1.9 magnitude is likely to have only been felt by a few people, according to the US Geological Survey.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan. Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @jacktemp.
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