On 23 November 1980, a small (magnitude 2.9) earthquake occurred on the Chelmsford-Lowell, Massachusetts, border, approximately 10 km northeast of the MIT seismic station at Westford, Massachusetts (WFM). Thus we were able to accurately determine the focal depth, which is generally not the case in New England. Our hypocentral solution was latitude 41.63, longitude −71.36, depth 1.5 km, at origin time 00:39:32.0 UTC. The fault plane solution shows either strike-slip or dip-slip faulting with a P axis trending NE-SW, which is in agreement with overcoring measurements in a nearby granite quarry.

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