Earthquake In Maine Shakes New England, Patrons of a pizza parlor near the epicenter of an earthquake in southern Maine may not have known what was happening. But the shaking building was enough to send all 20 of them skedaddling outside. “It was loudest bang you ever heard in your life. We actually thought it was an explosion of some type,” said Jessica Hill, owner of Waterboro House of Pizza. “The back door and door to the basement blew open,” she said.
The earthquake that hit southern Maine Tuesday night and was felt in New England states as far away as Connecticut caused no apparent damage or injuries, but it rattled residents throughout the region.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.0 magnitude quake hit around 7:12 p.m. and its epicenter, about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, was about 3 miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland. The quake was first estimated to be 4.6 magnitude but was later downgraded.
In Saco, Sue Hadiaris said, “The whole house shook. …It was very unnerving because you could feel the floor shaking. There was a queasy feeling.”
Afterward, Hadiaris called her 15-year-old niece in Falmouth to make sure she was safe. “She said, ‘We can cross that off our bucket list. We’ve lived through an earthquake,’” Hadiaris said.
Earthquakes are rare in New England but they’re not unheard of.
In 2006 there was a series of earthquakes around Maine’s Acadia National Park. The strongest earthquake recorded in Maine occurred in 1904 in the Eastport area, near the state’s eastern border with Canada according to the Weston Observatory at Boston College. It had an estimated magnitude of 5.7 to 5.9.