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October 16, 2012

Earthquake shakes Greater Newburyport

NEWBURYPORT – A small earthquake rattled homes throughout much of New England at about 7:15 tonight, causing some damage in the Newburyport area.

The earthquake was centered near Hollis, Maine, near Lake Sebago and about 60 miles north of Newburyport. The quake, which measured 4.6 on the Richter scale, was felt as far south as Rhode Island, as far west as Vermont and as far north as northern Maine, according to the U.S. Geological Service.

In the Newburyport area, residents reported houses shaking. In Salisbury, police said a house lost power due to damage suffered from the quake.

Locations where homes are close to ledge can often feel a stronger effect from an earthquake, as the stone tends to transmit earthquake tremors.

Earthquakes are not an unusual phenomenon in New England, though the strength of quakes recording in the past 250 years has been relatively weak. New England witnessed its last major quake in the 1750s.

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