Disasters & Extreme Weather

Published on October 17th, 2012 | by James Ayre

New England Earthquake, 4.0 Earthquake Hits Maine

A moderate earthquake measuring a 4.0 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Maine on Tuesday night. On October 16th, about 30 miles from Portland, Maine, the earthquake caused extensive shaking throughout all of New England. The rare earthquake surprised most of the residents, who have rarely if ever experienced one.

The earthquake struck around 7:12 p.m., according to the US Geological Survey.

“It was a 10-second event,” said Steve McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety in a phone interview. “And other than residents calling public safety dispatchers to report [feeling a tremor], that was the main aftereffect.”

There haven’t been any reports of injuries or property damage yet. The USGS has stated on its website that the tremors were noticed as far as way up in upper New Hampshire, upper Vermont, and Maine, and all the way down to Connecticut.

This earthquake occurred just over a year after last year’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake which was centered around Virginia, but felt all the way up towards the Boston area.

Source: Boston.com
Image Credits: Earthquake Map via USGS

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