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Minor Earthquake Shakes Up Central New Hampshire

A unique story for this part of the country, but an interesting one nonetheless, as a small earthquake is confirmed to have shaken up parts of central New Hampshire Monday morning. The United States Geological Survey quickly confirmed reports of a 2.9 magnitude earthquake that struck at 9:18 Monday morning, and was centered approximately 4 miles northwest of Contoocook.

Residents of nearby Sutton, Warner, New London and Sunapee also confirmed having felt the quake, though no injuries or damage were initially reported. The quake’s 2.9 rating on the Richter scale rates minor in the 1-through-10 indictor system, though it’s said any rating above 2 can often be felt by people.

According to statistics, New Hampshire averages just one earthquake per year, with a confirmed 67 quakes having hit the state since 1931. The Granite State’s largest confirmed quake took place on January 19th, 1982, in Belknap County, and registered a 4.5 on the Richter scale.

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