January 14, 2013

Minor earthquake reported in midcoast Maine

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

A minor earthquake – Maine's first of 2013 – was reported at 1:19 p.m. on Monday in the area of Boothbay and Edgecomb in Lincoln County.

Robert Marvinney, director of the Maine Geological Survey, said the 2.5-magnitude quake was enough for nearby residents to feel a rumble or jolt but not enough to cause any damage.

Matt Guggenheim, who lives on Barters Island in Boothbay, said he was working from home when he heard what felt like an explosion, or rather two explosions, in the distance.

"I looked out the window and saw all these birds take off," he said.

Maine typically experiences a handful of small earthquakes each year, Marvinney said. In 2012, there were seven earthquakes felt throughout parts of Maine, the largest a 4.5-magnitude temblor near Saco in October that was felt through much of southern Maine and even down into Massachusetts.

Guggenheim said he was in Biddeford during that large earthquake but said Monday's felt stronger.

"I wouldn't be surprised if the epicenter was underneath my house," he said.

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