Dartmouth experiences second earthquake in three weeks

Nov 23, 2020

A second earthquake in just three weeks shook Dartmouth early Sunday morning — although it was a much smaller magnitude quake this time.

The US Geological Survey reports that a magnitude 2.0 earthquake hit the town at 12:48 a.m. on Nov. 22. It originated in the Slocum River near the Lloyd Center for the Environment across from Great Neck and just north of Demarest Lloyd State Park at a depth of 5.8 km.

Just 65 people across Massachusetts and Rhode Island reported feeling the latest bout of seismic activity.

The previous earthquake — initially reported as a magnitude 4.2, but later downgraded to 3.6 — struck on Nov. 8, rattling people across the South Coast and as far away as New Hampshire. More than 29,000 people reported feeling the first quake.

Although New England is typically not known for seismic activity, before this month the last earthquake in Massachusetts was recorded just four months ago in Osterville at a magnitude of 2.1.

The largest quake in the state’s history was a 1755 earthquake off Cape Ann that registered between a 6 and 6.3 on the Richter scale.