Magnitude 2.7 earthquake near Exeter felt throughout southeastern NHBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
February 15. 2018 10:11AM
EAST KINGSTON — Michelle Miller’s dogs started to bark seconds before she heard two loud bangs in the front of her East Kingston home.
Her first thought was an explosion, but then her entire house shook.
“I immediately thought earthquake,” Miller said.
Her hunch she was right.
A magnitude 2.7 earthquake hit near Miller’s residence and rattled nerves and homes in several towns in southeastern New Hampshire Thursday morning.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake occurred around 9:30 a.m. and was centered southeast of East Kingston. The office initially reported that the quake registered 2.6 on the Richter scale and was centered southwest of Exeter.
Many residents said their houses shook when they heard a bang and felt a rumble. Some said they thought their furnaces had blown up and went running to their basements to check.
Students at Exeter High School and other schools in the area also reported feeling the quake.
The quake was also felt in parts of northeastern Massachusetts.
Minutes after the quake hit, dispatchers from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said they were inundated with calls from residents who reported a possible quake or explosion in the area of East Kingston, South Hampton and Stratham.
Residents experienced the quake in several other towns, including Hampstead, Lee, Plaistow and Raymond.
Police and fire departments throughout the region reported fielding numerous calls.
Officials from the New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management said that while there were no reports of damage or injuries, residents should be prepared for future quakes.
“Fortunately, this was a minor earthquake with little impact, but we need to be ready. This quake serves as a reminder to all of us: an earthquake can occur at any time with no warning. Put your emergency plan together now and practice it regularly,” HSEM Director Perry Plummer said in a statement.
He encouraged residents to visit www.ReadyNH.gov for more information on ways to prepare for an emergency.