Tremors felt in Orleans, Chatham, Dennis, Brewster, Harwich, Yarmouth and Sandwich
On this day in 1974, an earthquake measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale struck around Orleans, the second such tremor in southeastern New England in a week.
"It really was minor, a few plates rattled and that was about it," Tim Gould of Orleans police told United Press International. "It felt like a furnace going on except a little bit louder."
Orleans police received about 100 calls from residents who reported hearing what sounded like thunder or a loud boom. The quake was also felt in Chatham, Dennis, Brewster, Harwich, Yarmouth and Sandwich.
The tremor a week earlier had measured 3.5 on the Richter scale and was followed within minutes by an aftershock measuring 2.8, Weston Observatory spokesman Father Francis Donahue told UPI. The quake on the Cape had enough force to rattle a windowpane, Donahue said.
"If it's lower than that, people wouldn't feel it," Donahue was quoted as saying. "The seismograph would feel it, though."