4.0 magnitude earthquake hits southern Maine

11:41 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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Update: The USGS originally reported the earthquake as a 4.5, then a 4.6.

WATERBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A 4.0 magnitude earthquake shook Southern Maine Tuesday evening.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was centered south-southwest of Lake Arrowhead - that's in the Waterboro area.

The quake hit around 7:12 PM.

People called reporting the earthquake from Portland, Skowhegan, Windham, Boothbay, Bowdoinham and even some reports from the New York City area.

The Seabrook Station nuclear plant, about 60 miles away in New Hampshire, declared an unusual event, but said it wasn't affected. The plant has been offline for refueling.

People at the Milk Room convenience store in Waterboro say they certainly felt the quake hit.

Toilet paper and soap fell off of shelves in the front, some paper plates fell out back, but there was no major damage.

One employee was checking lightbulbs to see if any broke.

Overall, while some people on our Facebook pages reported some cracks in their walls or ceilings, no major damage has been reported from the earthquake.


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