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Earthquake epicenter near Dartmouth Mass.

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DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) - Residents of Southeastern Mass. were settling in Tuesday night when many of them felt a few shakes and heard some rattles.

It wasn’t an explosion as some people thought, but a 2.4 magnitude earthquake.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter was one kilometer west southwest of Bliss Corner in Dartmouth.

"I felt, I heard a couple big booms, couple good vibrations. Felt like my whole store was shaking,” Graham Gertriege said.

People from all across the south coast felt the shakes, but no damage has been reported.

“I was laying down in the bed playing Floppy Bird, the next thing I felt the house shake, we actually thought it was an explosion,” John Arrial said.

A geophysicist from the USGS said even though at 2.4 it was a relatively small magnitude quake, the eastern part of the United States is different than the west.

Also, because the earthquake was relatively shallow it was felt over a larger area.

Geophysicists say earthquakes happen more than we think, we just don’t feel them.
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