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Date of Release: Sunday, June 3, 2007 Time 1730hrs

Reference: Earthquakes in Portsmouth NH Area -UPDATE

On Saturday June 2, 2007 at approx. 8:00pm the Portsmouth Police received numerous 911 calls about explosions heard in the area of Lafayette Road (US Route 1) from Peverly Hill Road to Ocean Road. Some of the residents reported that the concussions almost knocked off pictures from their walls. Others reported hearing only a muffled explosion. There was no source of these explosions found for these complaints. There were no reports of injuries or property loss.

On June 3, 2007 the US Geological Web Site is reporting a 1.9 magnitude earthquake 7 miles SW of Portsmouth on June 2, 2007 at 7:56 pm.

At 10:30pm on June 2, 2007 we again received multiple calls of explosions and possible earthquake rumble calls from this same area. Portsmouth Police of Portsmouth Fire Departments responded and determined that the source was probably not human nor aircraft related. Crews from the local gas company were called to insure they did not have any underground fires as well as Public Service of NH (the local electrical company). There were no reports of personal injury or property loss. There were no reports of lost power and no apparent gas leaks.

At 1:40am on June 3, 2007 we were advised from NH Emergency Management that a 1.4 earthquake had been registered at 10:30 pm (June 2, 2007) approx. 1.5 miles north of Exeter.

On Sunday June 3, 2007 at 2:35 pm, Portsmouth Emergency Dispatch again received numerous 911 calls from this same area. Reports of a loud bang followed by the earth shaking briefly with wall photos and cupboard contents being rattled. State Emergency Management and the US Geological Survey are reporting another small earthquake being recorded in the Portsmouth area at this very same time. Again there are no reports of personal injury or property damage.

The series of loud bangs and earth movements are NOW BEING TREATED AS EARTHQUAKES and are not underground methane gas related explosions. These incidents are now considered to be natural events and 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 and Assistant Fire Chief Steve Achilles.

Media contact info phone number for questions is 603-436-2145 (Portsmouth Fire Department, Assistant Fire Chief Steve Achilles).


 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500