3 earthquakes occurred off the coast of Rhode Island in one weekend


The earthquakes occurred along the fault line near Narragansett Pier.

Three earthquakes were reported off the coast of Rhode Island in one day, the US Geological Survey reports.
US Geological Survey

Three earthquakes hit within 24 hours off the coast of Rhode Island over the weekend, and one was felt in Providence. The Boston Globe reported Sunday.

The first earthquake hit at 4:42 a.m. Saturday about 18 miles south-southeast of Narragansett Pier and measured 2.2 on the Richter scale globe reported.

The second earthquake hit at 10:15 p.m. Saturday and was a magnitude 2.5 aftershock in the same area. It was felt in Providence. At 2:40 a.m. Sunday, a magnitude 2.2 aftershock struck near New Shoreham, the globe reported.

A total of 20 responses and no damage reports were received, the newspaper wrote.

The first two tremors occurred about 3.2 miles underground, while the last occurred at a depth of 1.3 miles globe reported.

There is a fault line near Narragansett Pier. Earthquakes are not uncommon along this fault line, where 34 earthquakes have occurred between 1766 and 2016, according to the Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC), a nonprofit emergency management group based in Wakefield.

The strongest earthquake along this fault line occurred in 1638 and was felt throughout the New England Colonies, reports NESEC. Yet Rhode Island has never reported a devastating earthquake.

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2022/05/15/3-earthquakes-hit-rhode-island-coast/ 3 earthquakes occurred off the coast of Rhode Island in one weekend

Rick Schindler

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