Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Natural disaster felt Thursday morning in Merrimack Valley, Southern NH

Natural disaster felt Thursday morning in Merrimack Valley, Southern NH

Hundreds of people reported feeling a 2.7-magnitude natural disaster that shook towns near the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border on Thursday morning, according to the US Geological Survey.

The United States Geological Survey said the magnitude 2.7 struck around 9:30 a.m.in the area of East Kingston, New Hampshire.

The quake was picked up locally in Amesbury at the middle school where teacher Gale Regis has a seismograph. "We believe it to have been an quake", Seabrook Emergency Management said.

Earthquakes below a 3.0 magnitude are considered low intensity and are felt "by very few under especially favorable conditions", the USGS writes.

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But, he says, "it was way below the threshold for damage".

After the quake, police departments in the region took to social media to try and reassure residents and to remind them to not call 911 unless it's a real emergency.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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