Just after 7 p.m., those at the Northeast School PTO meeting felt the earth move.
The meeting was riveting, but that was ridiculous, one parent said.
Turns out, a 4.6 magnitude earthquake had hit northern New England. The U.S. Geological survey indicated the earthquake was centered 5km west of Hollis Center, Maine. It was felt throughout most of New England, the USGS said.
The building shook at Northeast School, one parent at the PTO meeting said, and Vernon Emergency Management Director Michael Purcaro said the town received several 911 calls from concerned residents.
He said nothing appeared to be damaged in town and no one was hurt. At 7:45 p.m., he was preparing to tour the town just to make sure.
By 9:15 p.m., Mayor George Apel announced at the Town Council meeting that all buildings had been inspected and all checked out OK.
According to the USGS:
"People in New England, and in its geological extension southward through Long Island, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones since colonial times. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike somewhere in the region every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt roughly twice a year. The Boston area was damaged three times within 28 years in the middle 1700s, and New York City was damaged in 1737."