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Earthquakes in New England

January 1, 1990

Believe it or not, New England is earthquake country. No, it does not have the high frequency of earthquakes of California or Japan. nevertheless, New England has experienced its fair share of tremors.

New England has a long history of earthquakes. Some of the first explorers were startled when they experienced strong shaking and rumbling of the earth below their feet. they soon learned from the Indians that this was not an uncommon occurrence in the New World. the Plymouth Pilgrims felt their first earthquake in 1638. that first shock rattled dishes, doors, and buildings. The shaking so frightened those working in the fields that they threw down their tools and ran panic-stricken through the countryside.