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Earthquake shakes parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island

A minor earthquake rocked parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island on Sunday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.0, the Geological Survey said.

The earthquake, which occurred around 9:10 a.m., had its epicenter in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, which is about 50 miles east of Providence, RI

No damage or injury was immediately reported.

According to Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the agency, preliminary reports to the Geological Survey suggested it was being felt as far as the Long Island Strait.

“We do not expect this earthquake to suffer significant damage,” Caruso said. “Earthquakes in this area are usually felt very far away because the rocks in this area are very contiguous, very old, so they transmit the energy of earthquakes very well.”

There have been 26 earthquakes in southern New England since 1963, he said, but it was one of the biggest.