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Minor quake hits New Hampshire

Breaking Earth News
New Hampshire, USA
A minor earthquake shook the Portsmouth area yesterday, rattling residents, knocking objects off shelves and damaging at least one home. No injuries were reported. Residents began flooding the police and news outlets with calls late in the morning. "Some of the residents reported a very loud explosion, and others reported house-shaking." The shaking was pronounced enough to set off various alarms, witnesses said. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the area was hit by a 2.4 magnitude earthquake at 11:41 a.m. A quake of magnitude 2.5 to 3 is the smallest generally felt by people. An employee at a supermarket on Lafayette Road said the noise sounded like a bomb, followed by rumbling and shaking. Several people in Portsmouth District Court were startled when the courthouse shuddered, following a noise that sounded like a large door being slammed. A ceiling was cracked in one home.
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