Notable earthquakes in Mass. history
Nov. 18, 1755
Magnitude: 6.0 (estimated)
While records show sizable earthquakes recorded at Cape Ann throughout the early 1700s, the biggest in Massachusetts state history was felt on Nov. 18, 1755. "According to historical accounts, chimneys toppled from roofs, steeples parted from churches, and gables crumbled from building fronts and shattered on the lanes below," wrote Jeremy Miller in the Globe Magazine in 2006. "The weather vane atop Faneuil Hall snapped. Vibrations were felt from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Chesapeake Bay."
A magnitude 4 quake was also reported hitting Cape Ann on Jan. 7, 1925.
Pictured: The boat ramp at Cape Ann Light.