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Small quake reported near East Providence, R.I.

A small earthquake was reported near East Providence, R.I., early Wednesday morning, according to the US Geological Survey.

The 2.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded at 3:43 a.m. and was centered in East Providence, according to the Geological Survey and Boston College’s Weston Observatory.

A resident of Marshfield and a resident of Willington, Conn., both of which are more than 60 miles away from the epicenter, reported weak shaking and no damage from the quake, according to the USGS.

Those closer to the quake reported feeling weak shaking and no significant damage, according to the Geological Survey’s “Did You Feel It?” public response program.

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Earthquakes are relatively frequent in New England, and the largest known seismic event in the region took place in 1638 when a magnitude 6.5 quake centered in Vermont or New Hampshire rattled the region.

The second most powerful, a magnitude 5.8 quake centered in Cape Ann in 1755, caused severe damage to the Boston waterfront, according to the Geological Survey.


John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.