Did you know? New England experiences an average of 30-40 earthquakes per year, although most are not felt. There is no season for earthquakes and they can occur any time without warning.
An earthquake is a sudden rapid shaking of the earth caused by the shifting of rock beneath the earth’s surface. Earthquakes can cause buildings and bridges to collapse, disrupt gas, electric and phone lines, and often cause landslides, flash floods, fires, avalanches, and tsunamis. Larger earthquakes usually begin with slight tremors but rapidly take the form of one or more violent shocks, and are followed by vibrations of gradually diminishing force called aftershocks.