Small earthquake recorded in White River Junction

Published: Dec. 21, 2017 at 9:16 AM EST
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A small earthquake struck in the area of White River Junction Wednesday night.

The United States Geological Survey says the 2.3 magnitude earthquake was centered about 4 miles outside White River Junction and was about 4 miles deep.

It's not rare, though. Geologists say there are ancient faults throughout our region left from tectonic changes millions of years ago.

"If you are applying stresses to something, it's always easier to have little motions occur along pre-existing planes of weakness than to grow a new fault zone," said Laura Webb, a geology professor at the University of Vermont.

Webb says the earthquake activity here is common and usually minor. The major stresses on plates beneath the earth's surface usually happen near the edges of those plates. And those zones are out in the Atlantic and along the West Coast.

People we spoke with Thursday at Piecemeal Pies in White River Junction say they didn't feel anything but knew something wasn't quite right.

"We were working until 2 a.m. so we were here close to midnight. I thought it was a train that was backing up and I looked outside the window and there was no train. I heard this morning there was an earthquake and I'm just assuming that's what it was," said Joshua Brown of Piecemeal Pies.

"The only thing that I noticed was that our daughter, who is 8 months old, woke up in the middle of the night screaming for a little bit and I didn't even realize that there had been an earthquake. Then I saw it on Facebook this morning that there had been one and put it together that that's why she woke up," said Steve Canon of Lebanon, New Hampshire.