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New England earthquake rumblings felt on East End

Long Islanders felt the slight rumblings of an earthquake that struck southern New England on Sunday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.0 centered a few miles off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Buzzards Bay, struck just after 9 a.m., according to Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center.

The earthquake struck at a depth of a little more than 9.3 miles and was felt across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Weak or light reverberations could be felt on Long Island’s eastern end with reports from as far west as the Pittsburgh area, according to the USGS’ Community Internet Intensity Map.

Jack Malley of East Marion, said he was sitting in his living room when he felt the vibrations

"The floor shook. Literally the building shook," he said. "At first I thought it was a big truck and then sanity came to pass and I realized it was Sunday."

Malley, 77, learned that it was an earthquake through an email from a neighbor who also felt it.

Margaret Coffey, 58, of Greenport, thought her washing machine was acting up when her two large dogs, Roxy and Marcella, began barking.

"The dogs were going nuts," she said. "Then I realized I didn't put a load in yet."

She said the shaking lasted about 20 seconds and caused no damage to her home.

Tremors are rarely felt on Long Island but Malley and many other Islanders felt the earth shake in 2010, when a 3.9-magnitude earthquake hit 100 miles south of the Island.

With AP

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