Maine Earthquake Affects Franklin

Abigail Weinberg

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.5 occurred in Hollis Center, Maine at 7:12 PM on October 16, 2012.

The quake could be felt all throughout New England, and it shook Franklin for several seconds. It was about 3.1 miles deep.

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake typically affects a 60 mile radius and causes minimal damage, according to theĀ U.S. Geological Survey. This quake could be felt roughly 100 miles southeast of Portland, Maine, says Reuters.

Negligible damage occurred as a result of the quake. Edward Davis, Boston Police Commissioner, tweeted, “Phone lines down in Maine. Our switchboard lit up. No damage in Boston reported at this time.”

Though insignificant, the earthquake scared quite a few FHSers. “My sister was at our house and thought it was an intruder upstairs, so she ran to our neighbors’ house” said freshman Kim Withers. “I was at Wal-Mart so I didn’t feel it.”

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