Earth Shattering! Massachusetts Coastal Earthquake Stuns New England

- November 9, 2020

by Andrew DiBiasio

​​​A minor earthquake off the coast of Massachusetts quite literally shook New England on Sunday, November 8, 2020, shortly after 9 A.M.


According to the U.S. Geographical Survey, the earthquake measured a mild 3.6 on the Richter scale and struck about 5 miles off the coasts of towns such as Dartmouth, New Bedford, Bliss Corner, and Acushnet. It, however, didn’t cause any significant damage, says the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center. 


Although a 54-minute drive away from our home of Canton, MA, the earthquake was still very much emphatic, shifting and shaking everything in its path. 


Throughout elementary and middle school, tales of earthquakes remained a mystery and a myth, strongly unlikely to ever occur in a New Englander’s lifetime. However, on Sunday, these once improbable tales became a reality for thousands across the region.


The massive earthquake not only rumbled through Massachusetts, but extended outwards to Nashua, New Hampshire, Hartford, Connecticut, and Long Island, New York, leaving many New Englanders in shock.


According to New England geographical experts, this is the strongest earthquake in the Massachusetts Bay Area since March 1976, which shook New England to a 3.5, leaving many New Englanders to wonder, how many years, if not decades will pass until another earthquake catches New England off guard?