NEWPORT, RI — The United States Geological Survey recorded a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in Newport Sunday at 11:46 p.m.
The quake was recorded about 2.5 miles southeast of the city, at a depth of about 5 kilometers/3 miles, according to the USGS.
The earthquake appears to have gone otherwise unremarked on social media, aside from numerous local news reports pointing out the minor tremor.
Rhode Island’s recorded earthquakes predate European settlers. Roger Williams wrote about an earthquake in 1638, shortly after founding the state. He also reported that Native Americans had experienced four strong earthquakes in 1568, 1574, 1584 and 1592, according to the Northeast States Emergency Consortium.
The consortium reports there have been a total of 34 earthquakes perceived by inhabitants between 1766 and 2016.