Small earthquake shakes the Upper Valley


The Upper Valley was shaken by an earth quake late Wednesday night.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 2.3 magnitude earthquake shook White River Junction and surrounding communities. The center was in White River and it spread to Hanover where Javiera Born lives. She moved to the area from Chile, South America.

“I have experience with earthquakes so I was like this is definitely an earthquake,” she said.

Born said she wasn’t scared, but rather confused.

“It was weird because I would never expect an earthquake here… even a small one,” Born said. “I thought it could’ve been an explosion or even snow falling.”

Born spend 26 years in Chile before leaving and reflected on other earthquakes she has lived through.

“There was a very big earthquake I think in 2010,” Born said. “It was an 8.8”

Though nowhere close to that magnitude, folks who felt tremors over in Lebanon called the police department.

“We got a couple of calls from city employees who were working at the time who definitely felt it,” Chief Richard Mello said.

Chief Mello lives just over the border in Vermont where he experienced the tremors as well.

“I can’t really remember the last time that I felt a tremor or any kind of confirmed earthquake so it’s definitely a rare occurrence,” he said.

The depth of the earthquake was just under 3.9 miles. The last recorded quake in New England was a magnitude 4.1 in Dover, Delaware on November 30.

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