Nantucket Shaken by Minor Earthquake
NANTUCKET — Residents on Nantucket were shaken over the weekend, after a small magnitude 2.1 earthquake hit five kilometers northwest of the island on Saturday.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake was felt weakly by Nantucket residents and others along the Cape and SouthCoast, after it struck 10.8 kilometers below sea level at 6:53 p.m. Saturday.
It's one of a series of earthquakes that has struck the southern Massachusetts region in recent years, including one magnitude 4 quake off the coast of Dartmouth in 2020.
Although the event itself was fairly weak, causing no damage to any buildings or other infrastructure, residents reported very faint shaking felt along the Cape and SouthCoast.
People as far away as New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut also reported feeling very weak effects from the tremor, according to the USGS website.
But even those on the island itself — around 15 respondents — reported just minor shaking.
Massachusetts is not typically a hotspot for earthquake activity, although this latest event marks the seventh earthquake in the area so far this year.
All of the nearby tremors in 2022 have been under magnitude 2.3, according to the website.