On Feb. 24, two rare earthquakes were felt in Maine.
A few hours later, 3 other quakes hit within the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
both zones recorded minor but shallow tremors that were felt widely.
2 earthquakes near Sabattus, Maine
The two earthquakes were felt and heard by residents of Sabattus and nearby cities, around 6 p.m. on Sunday evening.
- M2.2 – 1km WSW of Sabattus, Maine; reported by 180 people
- M 1.5 – 1km SSE of Sabattus, Main; reported by 13 people
The depth of the strongest quake was just over 3 miles and this also the reason so many people felt it, despite its M2.2.
Maine sits in the middle of the North American Plate, which slightly moves every year. The motion puts stress on the entire crust of North America and when it is released, it creates some small earthquakes and rumbling noises like those people felt and heard around Sabattus, yesterday.
3 earthquakes rattle the New Madrid Fault Zone
Just a few hours later, 3 minor and shallow earthquakes also rattle the New Madrid Fault. 2 right in the ‘red zone’ of the fault line and one a bit aside.