Minor earthquake near Exeter, New Hampshire - February 15, 2018

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Update 22:26 UTC: Interesting read from USGS about earthquakes in the Eastern USA

Why should people in the eastern U.S. be concerned about earthquakes?
1) Severe earthquakes have occurred in the Eastern U.S.:
In November of 1755, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 and a maximum intensity of VIII occurred about 50 miles northeast of Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was heavily damaged. Other strong earthquakes recorded in the continental US were centered in southeastern Missouri near the border with Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.  In the winter of 1811-1812, a series of three powerful earthquakes of magnitudes about 7.0 to 7.8 and hundreds of aftershocks occurred near New Madrid, Missouri. These shocks were so strong that observers reported that the land distorted into visible rolling waves. They changed the course of the Mississippi River, created a vast area of ground deformation and liquefaction features; and they were felt widely along the east coast of the U.S. 800 to 1000 miles away.  Because the surrounding area was mostly undeveloped at the time, few deaths were reported and these events stirred relatively little attention then. In August of 1886, a strong earthquake occurred in Charleston, South Carolina. Magnitude is estimated at 6.8 to 7.2. Much of the city of Charleston was damaged or destroyed. Earthquakes in the East are not confined to these areas; they have been recorded in every State east of the Mississippi. Damaging earthquakes have occurred historically in nearly every eastern State.

2) Earthquakes of the same magnitude affect larger areas in the East than in the West:
The size of the geographic area affected by ground shaking depends on the magnitude of the earthquake and the rate at which the amplitudes of body and surface seismic waves decrease as distance from the causative fault increases. Comparison of the areas affected by the same Modified Mercalli intensity of ground shaking in the 1906 San Francisco, California, the 1971 San Fernando, California, the 1811-12 New Madrid, Missouri, and the 1886 Charleston, South Carolina, earthquakes shows that a given intensity of ground shaking extends over a much larger area in the Eastern United States. Ground shaking affects a larger area because amplitudes of seismic waves decrease more slowly in the east than in the west as distance from the causative fault increases.

Update 15:41 UTC: For those among you downloading our iOS or Android app, you will unfortunately not find this earthquake in the eq list because our system only picks up M2.8 or bigger. Using the I FELT IT screen at the bottom of the app can be done without a problem.

Update 15:40 UTC: Latest calculated location of the epicenter

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Update 15:37 UTC: USGS reports now a Magnitude of 2.7 at a depth of 6.25 km. Our data have been created to keep the earthquake in our list 🙂

Update 15:27 UTC: Our earthquake list has problems with this earthquake because our system does normally not list earthquakes below M2.8 and ... it is currently 2.7 but before it jumped from M2.6 to M3.1. These updates are normal as the scientists are re-calculating all data.

Update 14:58 UTC: Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, earthquake-Report.com does not expect any damage from this earthquake.

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 2.7

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2018-02-15 09:28:56

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-02-15 14:28:56

Depth (Hypocenter) : 6.25 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER Exeter, New Hampshire Feb 15 14:46 3.0 1 MAP I Felt It
  • Exeter, NH - Loud noise and shaking 10-15 seconds
  • Hampton, NH - At 9:30 today (2/15/18) I felt the house tremble for a couple seconds. It made me think at first that the garage fell down & the dogs were alerted by the shaking & looking in different directions trying to find where it was coming from. I haven\\\\\\\'t heard a local news report yet to verify my experience.
  • Newburyport, MA 01950 - 10 sec
  • Plaistow nh - Very weak shaking
  • Haverhill - Light shaking
  • Kingston, NH - Light shaking
  • Hampton - Quick rumble I thought something had collapsed in the basement
  • Stratham - A large boom sound like someone rolling a heavy object across the floor. Only lasted 2 seconds.
  • Exter NH - It sounded like a truck hit my house. Big bang and moderate shaking for 10 seconds. About 9:30AM
  • state of new hampshire - no damage or real shaking- ultra low deep earth rumbling like a train. too deep sounding to be oil furnace in cellar. lasted long enough to point it out to others- is that an earthquake? i\\\'d say it was...no trucks going past..it\\\'s not the furnace..etc...then it died away. looked out window during to see if heavy equipment was driving by- nope...but the tremor/sound was far down in the earth..
  • Byfield - heard a loud rumbling. sounded like an explosion inside a school.
  • Exeter - Heard a low rumble followed by a loud noise...then shaking for about 5-6 seconds
  • Greenland ,N.H. - I thought a truck or car hit the house
  • Newburyport - Loud bang and a small rumble in the building.
  • Exeter, NH - Noise of a motorcycle and felt as if truck hit building...duration 10 seconds.
  • Exeter NH - Moderate shaking
  • NEWMARKET - Loud rumbling noise that lasted for about 10-20 seconds. Shaking was very slight.
  • Exeter - Loud boom and moderate shaking. Felt like my basement blew up
  • exeter - loud Noise Week Shaking
  • Hampton nh - Laying in bed and I heard a loud sound like a truck crashing into the apartment or something exploding while I and the walls of the apartment were shaking for about 10 seconds
  • Exeter, NH - Loud bang and shaking. No damage.
  • Raymond - Immediately said earthquake , wife said " No way , has to be oil truck " .... I knew better !
  • Hampton Falls - No Damage to the property, but it lasted a few seconds and was accompanied by a deep rumble.
  • Stratham, NH - About 9:30am 2/15 Loud boom and rumbling that shook house. Large Plow truck dropping blade and rumbling across my deck? Sonic Boom? Heating system had violent startup? No, turns out earthquake.
  • East Hampstead - Felt like a train rumbled by close to the house. 10-12 seconds.
  • Exeter, N.H. - Low rumble, like giant boulders scraping against each other, like dragging a multi ton air conditioner off a flatbed. Strongest at the beginning, maybe 10 seconds.
  • Kensington, NH - Felt like a huge truck slammed into my house. Very loud sound. Short but intense. One big shake.
  • exeter, nh - Heard a loud boom, thought something blew up nearby, woke me from a sound sleep
  • Somersworth - Noticed the house was shaking
  • Newmarket - 5-10 seconds heard a loud rumble noise like a tractor trailer going down my road and felt shaking thought it might have been a truck but it wasn't
  • Exeter - Didn’t so much as feel the shaking but the noise of an explosion freaked us out. Have never heard any noise rivaling this one.
  • Amesbury - Thought my boiler blew up or a tree fell on the house. Dogs were barking. Shaking and low rumble only last a few seconds.
  • Exeter - Two extremely loud explosions..house shook at least 25 secs. The noise was all around us. Thought , perhaps train explosion, gas line explosion or eart equals. Never knew and earthquake could be so loud. New fine crack between kitchen ceiling and wall. So far that’s all I could locate.
  • Seabrook, NH - Thought gas lines ruptured. Nothing insight. Started calling neighbors and everyone felt the same thing
  • Seabrook - Loud boom and then weak shaking that lasted less than a minute. I thought a truck had hit my house.
  • Chester - Woken up this morning in Chester, NH loud rumbling and mild shaking. Dogs and birds were mad and made it known.
  • Salem, NH - Assumed it was a very near by construction vehicle (ie. dropping very heavy metal tailgate, or dumpster) house rattled / creaked / settled concurrent with noise. Understanding and reading about it now, it seemed like either an unusually strong vibration from heavy equipment, or incredibly mild but noisy earth shimmy. Or figured noise had to do with Millville Lake dam, the huge metal pipe or metal grate being thumped by something, but what would have thumped it, I didn’t know, just the sound.
  • Hampton - A quick roar, a loud bang followed by a roaring noise. Lasted a few seconds.
  • Hampton - It was quick. I thought my furnace did a jump start and shook the floor for a few seconds.
  • kensington - Heard a loud boom the my whole house shook I thought my furnace exploded
  • Hampton New Hampshire - Thought the boiler had a problem or truck had hit a pothole out front, went out to see where it came from . Loud booming rumble accompanied shaking.
  • Stratham - Weak shaking
  • Salisbury, MA - I thought a tractor trailer hit the building. Loud rumble and shook the building for a few seconds.
  • Haverhill - Rumbling that sounded like a large heavy truck for about 5 seconds. No damage on my house, but my driveway has a new crack in it.
  • Newton - Load news and house shook for 10-15 seconds.
  • East Kingston, NH - I heard a loud bang and the whole house shook/vibrated for about 5 seconds. At first I thought our furnace had exploded!But then I heard on the news 10 minutes later that there had been a minor earthquake and our town was the epicenter. There was no damage to the house.
  • nh - Very weak shaking
  • East Kingston, NH - There was a loud bang accompanied by shaking/vibrating for about 5 seconds. I thought our furnace had exploded! Then I heard on the news 10 minutes later that there had been a minor earthquake and our town was the epicenter.
  • Hampton, NH - Extremely loud boom followed by mild shaking. Overall, probably lasted about 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Hampton, Beach - I thought for a moment of about 5-6 seconds a rumbling of sorts after a loud boom. I thought perhaps the furnace was acting up. Or perhaps a vehicle hit the condominium. It was rather nerve racking. The kitties were concerned a bit but settled right down. I checked the entirety of the home to be certain it was ok and that I did not miss something mechanical, which I did not. The entire place shook and rumbled!
  • Derry, NH - felt rumble like construction equipment. shook her in her chair upstairs
  • Hampton NH - I heard increasingly loud rumbling noises, culminating in a loud boom that shook the house.
  • Salisbury, MA - Rumbling sound, then a large bang and house shook. I thought a a tractor trailer hit the house.
  • Kingston - Big boom... like a bomb exploded, then a rumble
  • Lee, NH - Loud rumbling with shaking for about 5-7 seconds. Sounded like a train.... no damage here.
  • Newton, NH - The shaking and loud boom woke my cat and myself right up. Thought it was the furnace so I ran down to the basement to check. Realized what it was and sent out some texts. I noticed a lot of new cracks on walls and celilings. Also noticed some cracks in some wood around a curved window in the house. Can’t imagine what a big earthquake would be like! No thank you.
  • Portsmouth - Heard a some what loud noise like an explosion then the house shook very slightly. I looked out the window thinking a large construction vehicle might have crashed and when I didn\'t see anything I figured it was an earthquake or a big explosion somewhere close by
  • Dover, NH - I felt shaking in my room on the second floor early this morning (12:30AM, 9/30/2019), one of my glasses fell over. Lasted for 10-15 seconds. Talked to roommate this morning and he felt it too.
  • USGS Exeter, New Hampshire Feb 15 14:28 2.7 6 MAP I Felt It INFO




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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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