Small earthquake shakes western Maine

RUMFORD — The New England Seismic Network says a small earthquake shook parts of western Maine early Thursday morning.

According to Weston Observatory at Boston College, the earthquake happened at 2 a.m. and had a magnitude of 2.5.

"I felt it," said Newry Assistant Town Clerk Anita Clark a few hours after the quake. "To me, it was just a big boom, and I have plates that hang on the wall above my bed and they all rattled, but the boom just woke me up."

Newry Administrator Loretta Powers said she and her husband both heard the minor quake.

"We heard a rumbling noise," Powers said.

Powers said she opened her house windows and looked outside, but saw nothing unusual. Past experience with minor quakes in the area, however, sent her to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site for Maine.

That's where she said she learned that the noise was from a minor temblor.

The quake's epicenter was in the Farmers Hill area of Andover, according to coordinates from the U.S. Geological Survey.

"We'll take minor anytime," Powers said.

Working in the Andover Town Office, secretary Hope Peterson said early Thursday afternoon that only one person, who recently moved to the East Andover area where the quake was centered, called about it.

"She asked, 'Was there an explosion at around 2 in the morning?'" Peterson said. "She said it felt like an explosion."

The quake was centered about 7 miles northwest of downtown Rumford. Police there said they didn't get any calls about the quake.

Sun Journal staff writer Terry Karkos contributed to this report.

 

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Glenn Aho's picture

Rumford's welfare recipients

Rumford's welfare recipients must've dropped their Allens

*I'm not the Auburn City Manager*

Terry Frost's picture

It was probably Dick Austin

It was probably Dick Austin training for another powerlifting competition .

Pat Meek's picture

Let us know when you get at

Let us know when you get at least a 5 then everyone will start to worry. We have 2.5 quakes everyday.

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