A rare and noisy M2.6 earthquake shook at 6:46 p.m on January 17, 2018, 4 miles southeast of Richmond, Maine. The town’s police chief reported the 911 telephone line was inundated with calls about the rumble and boom. The tremblor was felt as far away as Tospham, but also in West Gardiner and Dresden. This was the first earthquake recorded in Maine since June. Meanwhile, a M2.7 earthquake hit the New Madrid Fault Zone on January 18, 2018.
The strongest earthquake recorded in Maine in the last 20 years hit near East Waterboro in 2012 and measured at 4.5 in magnitude.