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A minor earthquake struck southeastern Massachusetts Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
John Ebel, a senior research scientist at Boston College's Weston Observatory, said the 1.9 magnitude earthquake struck seven miles north-northwest of New Bedford just before 11 a.m. Thursday.
Ebel, a professor of geophysics at BC, said residents of the area probably heard a boom and a few seconds of shaking.
He said earthquakes in the region are "not unusual."
"We get about half a dozen earthquakes a year felt somewhere in the New England region," Ebel told WBUR. "This is not an everyday occurrence, obviously, but not an uncommon occurrence in New England."
As for a possible follow-up temblor, he said that is unpredictable.
With additional reporting by the WBUR Newsroom