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Small Earthquake Measured Off The Coast Of Portland

Seismograph instrument recording ground motion during earthquake
Tomislav Zivkovic

In a state that lives and breathes with the ocean, any earthquake happening in the water is worth a few minutes of attention. According to WMTW, there was a minor earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean, about 20 miles off the coast of Portland, in the early morning hours on Thursday.

The earthquake only registered a 1.8 on the Richter scale, meaning it is considered to be “low-intensity” and unlikely to have been felt by anyone in proximity. However, there has been a small uptick in seismic activity in Maine since 2015. While all of those earthquakes have been minor, the U.S. Geological Survey is keeping a close eye on it.

As WMTW mentions, the largest recorded earthquake in Maine’s history came in the winter of 1904, registering a 5.1 on the Richter scale.

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