☑️ The earthquake happened around 11:15 p.m., according to the USGS

☑️ "The whole house shook and it woke all my kids up," Melissa Hitt told Seacoast Current

☑️ It was felt in the Seacoast region, especially along Route 101

An earthquake centered in Concord shook many people in New Hampshire Friday night.

The epicenter of the quake measured 2.7 on the Richter scale off Sheep David Road across from the Steeplegate Mall, according to the US Geological Survey. It happened around 11:15 p.m.

Over 400 people reported feeling the quake, which the USGS said was about three feet deep. The most intense reports were centered in the Concord area.  Reports came from the Seacoast region in Durham, and the area along Route 101 including Epping, Raymond, Fremont, Chester, and Auburn.

It was also felt as far south as Nashua and Haverhill and as far north as Laconia, Northfield, and Tilton.

Map shows the epicenter of an earthquake in New Hampshire 12/22/23
Map shows the epicenter of an earthquake in New Hampshire 12/22/23 (USGS)

On its Facebook page, WMUR said viewers reported their houses shook for six or seven seconds, with some people hearing explosions.

"The whole house shook. It woke all my kids up. That was might strong to shake a three-story house. We though someone crashed in front of the house because we heard a huge bang," Melissa Hitt of Concord told Seacoast Current.

"We sure did feel it on the Nottingham/Deerfield line. Sounded like a loud plow truck and rumbled the house just a bit," Shannon Taylor said in an email.

"It sounded like a bomb and shook the whole house," Larissa Tenters wrote on Facebook.

"I knew it! My bed jolted like nothing I had ever felt before at 11:16pm. So weird," Cindy Pepin wrote on Facebook.

An earthquake measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale was centered in Center Sandwich on April 25, according to the USGS. Over 200 people reported feeling it to the USGS earthquake website.

The magnitude is considered minor and generally does not cause damage to buildings. Over one million earthquakes of this magnitude are felt worldwide, according to the USGS.

Map shows where earthquake was felt in New Hampshire 12/22/23
Map shows where earthquake was felt in New Hampshire 12/22/23 (USGS)

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