Another Small Earthquake Shakes Washington County
At about 5:30 Sunday morning, the small town at just a ways past the corner of Routes 9 and 193, and not too far from Hancock County, experienced earthquake #4 for the year here in Maine.
The United State Geological Survey reports that an earthquake registering 1.8 magnitude shook the ground approximately 2.5 miles west northwest of the town of Beddington, yesterday morning. The small quake west centered about 2.75 miles below the surface of the earth.
A 1.8 magnitude earthquake is considered minor and is rarely felt, unless someone is standing very close to the epicenter and is not disturbed by noise of some sort, like wind or traffic. So far, none of the 50 or so people living in Beddington have reported noticing Sunday morning's earthquake.
The is the fourth earthquake in Maine for the year 2021, with all four now being reported in Washington County. Two of them occurred in Jonesboro on Wednesday, January 27th. Both of those were very small as well, registering at 2.2 and 1.7 magnitude. The first for the year 2021 happened on Sunday, January 17th, at 1:37 p.m. in the town of Centerville, about 7.5 miles away from Jonesboro. That was the biggest earthquake of the year so far, registering at 2.8 magnitude.
Memorable earthquakes in the past included one on October 16, 2012. That one was centered around Hollis Center just outside of Saco, and felt all the way to Bangor. It registered in at 4.0 magnitude.
There was also one in eastern Maine that happened on October 2, 2006 off the coast of Mount Desert Island. It registered at 4.2 magnitude and was felt all the way to Bangor, and was clearly heard as rolling thunder and then a boom by many downeast during the early evening hours.
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