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Small earthquake recorded in Bellingham

A small earthquake was recorded this afternoon in the Southeastern Massachusetts town of Bellingham, the US Geological Survey says.

The agency’s instruments detected the 1.7-magnitude temblor in the town, which adjoins Woonsocket, R.I., at 1:38 p.m., the agency said.

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Bellingham Police Sergeant Lee Rolls said late this afternoon he wasn’t aware of the department receiving any calls, but he had felt it earlier at his home in nearby Blackstone.

“I thought it was a blast” from a nearby sand and gravel pit, he said. “It was a rumble, though. Definitely, it was a rumble.”

Dispatchers from the Woonsocket police and fire departments said they did not receive any calls on the quake. No injuries were reported.

“We didn’t feel a thing,” said the police dispatcher. “I didn’t even know.”

A quake of such small magnitude is unlikely to cause damage and unlikely to be felt by more than a few people.

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