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Earthquake In Maine Registers 4.0 In Magnitude

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Oct 17, 2012 02:44 PM EDT | O'Jay Burgess

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The U.S Geological Survey said that the earthquake that struck southern Maine had a 4.0 magnitude reading at has hit the area around 7:12 p.m. approximately 3 miles west of Hollis Center on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

FOX News reported that the quake that took place in the New England state of Maine could have been felt as far away as Connecticut but it was reported the that the seismic event caused no injury or major damage.    

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Jessica Hill who was near the epicenter of the quake said. "It was loudest bang you ever heard in your life. We actually thought it was an explosion of some type. The back door and door to the basement blew open."

Another Maine resident Sue Hadiaris this time in Saco had this to say according FOX News. "The whole house shook...It was very unnerving because you could feel the floor shaking.

Earthquakes are rare for the New England region one has to go back to 1904 to in Maine to recall the strongest earthquake to hit the area. At the time the Weston Observatory at Boston College measured the quake to have between a 5.7 to 5.9 magnitudes.

"There has been no impact at all to the plant from the earthquake and our refueling maintenance activites have not been affected, said Alan Griffith Next EnergyEra Seabrook Station.

The station is located just 63 miles away from New Hampshire and had signaled a low level emergency classification at the time off the quake.

Lynette Miller a spokesperson for Maine Emergency Management Agency said. "It was several seconds of good shaking," from her home in Readfield some 60 miles away from Portland, Maine.  

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