BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Resident across New England felt the ground shake slightly on Sunday morning, as a small earthquake hit the southern coast of Massachusetts.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 3.6 magnitude earthquake was reported on Buzzard Bay, around 5.5 miles southwest of Bliss Corner in Dartmouth, at 9:10 a.m.
The USGS says moderately damaging earthquakes strike somewhere in the region every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt roughly twice a year.
The largest known New England earthquakes occurred in 1638 at a magnitude 6.5, in either Vermont or New Hampshire, and in 1755 a magnitude 5.8 quake hit offshore from Cape Ann, northeast of Boston.
The last time an earthquake of a similar magnitude struck the region in modern history was in October 2012, when a 4.5 magnitude earthquake was reported in Maine.
So far, no damage has been reported in connection to the tremors.
This article has been updated to reflect the following USGS update: The earthquake was originally reported at a magnitude 4.0, it has since been downgraded to a magnitude 3.6.