4.0 Magnitude Earthquake trembles near Waterboro, Maine

Map of Earthquake Event - Credit USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A 4.0 magnitude earthquake shook near Waterboro, Maine today, October 16, 2012, at 7:12 pm local time to the event. The US Geological Survey the epicenter was 4 miles north-northeast of the city.

People in the Maine-New Hampshire area reported feeling the tumbler. Reports came in from as far away as Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The location of the earthquake was at 43.592°N 70.676°W with a depth of 4.1 miles. The US Geological Survey explained that residents of New England have felt earthquakes as far back as the colonial times. They estimate that around two moderately damaging earthquakes every decade can be expected. The largest-magnitude earthquake that has been documented was approximately a 6.5 magnitude tremor in 1638 in Vermont or New Hampshire.

The East Coast does have fault lines, but they do not shift as often as on the West Coast. In California there are many more active faults and the state is prone to many more earthquakes.

By: N Wilson

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