Portland felt tremors of 4.0M quake from Hollis

Posted on October 16, 2012 in News
By Kirsten Sylvain

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that at 7:12 p.m. EST tonight  a 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit three miles west of Hollis center and had New Englanders reporting tremors all the way to Rhode Island.

The center of the quake is about 20 miles west of Portland near Lake Arrowhead. The USGS estimates that 231,000 people may have felt the quake.

Mary Williamson, 54, is a resident of Portland. She was in her apartment talking with a friend when the quake occurred.

“I felt it, and I turned to my friend, and I said, ‘now what is that?’, and she said that she thought it might be the pipes or something. The whole wall was vibrating.”

Williamson explained that she and other Maine residents might not be accustomed to quakes. “What would we know about earthquakes? –We don’t get many of those here.”

This is one of the strongest earthquakes Maine has experienced in some time. The strongest to ever hit Maine was in 1638 at a 6.8 magnitude.

No aftershocks have yet been reported.

As of 8:34 p.m., neither USM Public Safety nor the Portland Police Department are reporting any damages or injuries. Dispatchers say that they have received only calls with inquiries from residences asking for an explanation for the tremors.