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New Madrid Downgraded

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In making this stepwise reduction, Hough questioned the accuracy of the report that the largest of the earthquakes rang church bells in Boston, Mass., more than 1,700 kilometers away. Boston newspapers carried no mention of such an occurrence, says Hough, who speculates that the legend arose because church bells in Charleston, S.C.--500 kilometers closer to the epicenter--were confused with those in the Charlestown section of Boston.

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