Date of Release: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 Time 1400hrs
Earthquake in Portsmouth NH Area
On Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at approx. 11:41 am the Portsmouth Police and Fire Departments received numerous 911 calls about explosions heard in the area of Lafayette Road (US Route 1) and Ocean Road. Some of the residents reported a very loud explosion and others reported house shaking. There is one confirmed report of minor damage to a house on Ocean Road. This damage was limited to a crack in the ceiling with things knocked off the shelves. There were no reports of injuries.
The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program is reporting a 2.4 magnitude earthquake in the area of Portsmouth, NH at 11:41am.
This incident and the aftermath are being monitored by the Portsmouth Fire Department as lead incident command, the Portsmouth Police Department and Portsmouth Emergency Management.
Released by Capt. David Ferland for Police Chief Michael J. Magnant.
Media contact info phone number for questions is 603-610-7406 (Portsmouth Police Shift Commander)