January 21, 2018
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‘Microquake’ reported in Monticello

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times
U.S. Geological Survey | BDN
U.S. Geological Survey | BDN
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a quake registering 1.8 magnitude in Monticello in southern Aroostook at about 5:10 a.m. on New Year's Day. Henry Berry, a bedrock geologist with the Maine Geological Survey in Augusta, said Tuesday that the "microquake" was so minor, no area residents have reported feeling it.

MONTICELLO, Maine — A small tremor reportedly hit the Monticello area New Year’s Day, but chances are it wasn’t noticed.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a quake registering 1.8 magnitude in a section of town known as Jewell’s Corner, at about 5:10 a.m.

Henry Berry, a bedrock geologist with the Maine Geological Survey in Augusta, said Tuesday that because it was such a minor quake, there were no reports of any residents experiencing any effects of what he called a “microquake.”

“Generally, people don’t notice anything from a quake until it reaches somewhere in the 2 to 2.5 magnitude range,” Berry said.

He explained that magnitude is a measure of the amount of energy released during a seismic event. Different parts of the country use different scales for measuring earthquakes. For example, California uses the more commonly known “Richter scale” to measure it’s events.

“These microquakes are fairly common,” Berry said. “We get several in Maine every year.”

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