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Earthquake Shakes Southern Maine
Released: 1/3/2000

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Diane Noserale 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4333 | FAX: 703-648-6859

Note to editors: As more information is received and the data are further analyzed, we may issue updates or clarifications on this event.

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred 15 miles (20 km) west northwest of Lewiston, Maine at 4:06 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). This shallow earthquake was felt in Augusta, and throughout southern Maine. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

The most recent felt earthquake recorded in Maine occurred at 7:22 pm EST on Dec. 24, 1999. The preliminary magnitude of that event is 2.9. It was felt at Albion, Alton, Dexter and at other locations in the central part of the State.

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