Small earthquake detected in Wilmington area

A very mild earthquake rumbled the earth in the Wilmington area early this morning, the Weston Observatory reported this morning.

The quake, which measured 0.8 on the Richter scale, was detected at 1:06 a.m., said John Ebel, director of the geophysical observatory and a professor at Boston College.

He said the quake’s center was “probably quite shallow — a mile or two deep.’’

No one reported any damage — or, for that matter, even feeling the quake, he said.

“It was a very, very small earthquake,’’ he said.

Still, he noted, it was an unusual area for a quake to happen. No quakes have been detected in that area for many years.

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“It’s just a little reminder we do have earthquakes in the greater Boston area,’’ he said.

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