Minor earthquake hits southern Connecticut

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A map from the U.S. Geological Survey shows the epicenter of a 2.7-magnitude quake in Deep River, Conn., on Aug. 14, 2014. (Photo: USGS)

A map from the U.S. Geological Survey shows the epicenter of a 2.7-magnitude quake in Deep River, Conn., on Aug. 14, 2014. (Photo: USGS)

DEEP RIVER, Conn. (AP) – Some residents in southern Connecticut say they were awoken Thursday by their homes shaking, and the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a minor, shallow earthquake struck the area.

A temblor with the preliminary magnitude 2.7 was recorded shortly after 3 a.m. in Deep River, about 30 miles east of New Haven, according to USGS. It was centered about 3 miles below the surface.

No injuries or damage have been reported.

State police said they received several calls from residents who said their homes shook briefly Thursday morning.

Small earthquakes aren’t uncommon in Connecticut and the rest of the New England. Last December, a 2.1-magnitude quake was recorded in Groton in southeastern Connecticut.