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M3.3 (NEIC)

5.9 km (Fixed)

Light M3.3 tremor shakes central Maine

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October 24, 2001

Bangor, Maine - A light earthquake measuring Mblg 3.3 (NEIC) was recorded this evening in central Maine, but there have been no reports of damage or injures.

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According to the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) in Golden, Colorado, the earthquake occurred at 8:24 p.m., EDT, October 24 (00:24 UTC, October 25), about 25 miles north of Bangor and a mile southwest of Howland in the Hoytville suburbs. (See a Topozone topo map, see a MapQuest road map).

Felt Reports

Preliminary reports indicate the quake was felt locally and as far away as Orono. Lagrange and Bradley. No one has reported items toppling from tables or shelves. Did you feel this quake? See a USGS Community Intensity map. A resident in Lagrange described the shaking like a heavy truck passing by and shook for a few seconds.

Background Information

This was the largest tremor in Main since a M3.2 on September 7 last year. (See list)

The largest earthquake in Maine measured M5.1 and occurred March 21, 1904 in the southeastern portion of the state probably in Washington County. Widespread moderate damage included toppled chimneys, broken windows and cracked walls. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries or deaths.

Some may recall a M5.2 that strongly shook Maine on June 15, 1973, but it was centered just across the Canadian border near Mt. Magnetic.

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Seismograms from nearby USGS stations:
  • none available at this time.
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  • none at this time.
Report update: 10:18:51 AM, Wednesday, October 31, 2001

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