Small earthquake hits New Britain and Kensington

Published on Monday, 18 December 2017 14:01
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN – A 1.9 magnitude earthquake rattled central Connecticut in the New Britain and Kensington area early Sunday but apparently it was so small that no one felt it, experts said.

The earthquake was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey to the Northeast States Emergency Consortium which in turn sent the information to area residents via Twitter.

The quake occurred around 1:37 a.m. Sunday, said NESEC Executive Director Ed Fratto. It was not surprising that no one reported feeling it since the threshold for felt earthquakes is about 2.0 magnitude, he said.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in the Northeast, he said. The area experiences about 40 to 50 earthquakes a year. Only four or five of those are above the 2.0 magnitude threshold and are felt, he said.

NESEC works with organizations throughout the Northeast to help provide hazard mitigation and response plans. In the case of a minor earthquake, Fratto will Tweet the information just in case people felt the earthquake but wasn’t sure what it was. As of Monday afternoon, he had received no reports that anyone felt Sunday’s earthquake which was centered around 6 miles south of Hartford.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, New Britain on Monday, 18 December 2017 14:01. Updated: Monday, 18 December 2017 14:03.