Magnitude 2.4 earthquake hits New Bedford area

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A magnitude 2.4 earthquake hit the New Bedford area Tuesday night.

The USGS confirmed the earthquake hit nearly two miles from New Bedford at 5:48 p.m. and was centered in Dartmouth's Bliss Corner area. No damages or injuries were reported.

This is the second earthquake this year.

"This is the second earthquake we've had in the New Bedford area since the first of the year. First one was about the same size, epicenter slightly different that the one we have tonight. We don't know why earthquakes have happened in that area since the beginning of the year, but we're  studying it and we'll watch and see what happens in the future," Dr. John Ebel of the Boston College Weston Observatory said.

Area residents knew what happened, since they had experienced it recently.

"I was putting the dogs outside and I heard a big boom and my house shook and I knew exactly what happened because last time I was home also and the same exact thing happened," Alicia Souza said.