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Small earthquake near New Bedford reported

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -

A minor earthquake struck southeastern Massachusetts on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The Weston Observatory in Boston said the earthquake that struck seven miles north-northwest of New Bedford at 10:52 a.m. was a magnitude 1.9.

The epicenter of the quake was traced to a property off of Chippeway Road in Freetown, but was felt for miles.

According to the observatory, residents of the area probably heard a boom and a few seconds of shaking.

A tremor was felt inside the WBSM news radio studio in Fairhaven.

"I was sitting in my chair in the newsroom, and I heard a loud thunderous sound and just a moment of silence and then my chair kind of shook," said radio host Taylor Cormier.

Other residents said that it felt like their boiler kicked on in their house or a truck or train went by.

But for those who did feel something, it was strange to experience something often felt outside Southern New England.

"I could see California or something like that having it. But New Bedford? Yeah right," said Mike Mortagua of New Bedford.

The observatory says earthquakes in the region are "not unusual."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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