Reports Of Explosion In Western Maine Were Actually An Earthquake
Given the significant changes our country has gone through in the last 21 years, it should not be any surprise that people are quick to call in what they perceive to be explosions or gunfire. Rightly so, though. For the last two decades we have been told "see something, say something". Or, in this case, "hear something, call someone".
Apparently, what some people thought were a series of explosions were actually an earthquake.
According to WMTW, the incident happened at about 10:30 on Thursday evening in the Western Maine town of Greenwood. Several people called law enforcement to report that they had heard an explosion and they felt a shaking in the ground.
Fortunately, according to the United States Geological Survey, the "explosion" was actually a very small quake. Centered near Greenwood, Maine they estimate it measured about 2.3 on the Richter scale.
The quake was also reported felt across the border in Eastern New Hampshire. So far, no one has reported damage or injuries.
The article explains that Maine general gets a handful of earthquakes a year. Almost all of them are below 3.0 on the Richter scale. Since 1997, the largest earthquake to ever hit Maine was a 4.5 magnitude quake that occurred in October of 2012.