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Maryland Earthquake
Released: 10/17/1996

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
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Reston, VA 20192
Kathleen Gohn 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4460



A small earthquake, preliminary magnitude 2.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred near Rising Sun, northeastern Maryland, at 7:43 a.m. EDT. Rising Sun is in Cecil County, just south of the Maryland-Pennsylvania state line and about 40 miles northeast of Baltimore.

In 1993, a series of small earthquakes shook the area around Columbia, Maryland, just southwest of Baltimore. The largest in that series had a magnitude of 2.7. Earthquakes of this size can be felt fairly widely but rarely cause damage.


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