Update 12:19pm:


A minor earthquake has struck southeastern Massachusetts, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

John Ebel, a senior research scientist at Boston College's Weston Observatory, said the earthquake that struck seven miles north-northwest of New Bedford just before 11 a.m. Thursday was a magnitude 1.9.

Ebel, a professor of geophysics at BC, says residents of the area probably heard a boom and a few seconds of shaking.

He says earthquakes in the region are ``not unusual.''

As for a possible follow-up temblor, he's says that is unpredictable. (Associated Press)

Original Story 11:21am:

The Weston Observatory is reporting an earthquake just north of New Bedford.

The tremor was reported at 10:52am, and felt between South Dartmouth and Mattapoisett, possibly further.

Officials at the Weston Observatory say the earthquake measured 1.9 on the Richter scale.

The epicenter of the quake originated 12 kilometers north-northwest of New Bedford.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.