Small earthquake recorded in Newport, Rhode Island

December 2, 2019: A small earthquake has been recorded near Newport, Rhode Island, Sunday evening at 06:46 pm, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake was of magnitude 2.0 on richter scale with epicenter about 2.5 miles southeast of Newport, R.I.

Weak tremor was felt in New Port, Rhode Island area.

According to the Northeast States Emergency Consortium, a total of 34 felt earthquakes have been centered in Rhode Island since the first known shock on August 25, 1776. Of these felt earthquakes, only one caused some slight damage.  That event took place at 12:20 pm on June 10, 1951 and had a magnitude of 4.6.  

The earthquakes with magnitude of 2.5 or less are not usually felt, though they can be recorded by a seismograph. 

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