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Earthquake in Maine rattles New England states
By DAVID SHARP and LISA RATHKE
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- An earthquake that hit southern Maine and was felt in New England states as far away as Connecticut caused no apparent damage or injuries, but rattled residents throughout the region.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude quake struck around 7:12 p.m. Tuesday and its epicenter, about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, was about 3 miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland.
"It was loudest bang you ever heard in your life. We actually thought it was an explosion of some type," says Jessica Hill, owner of Waterboro House of Pizza, about 10 miles away.
The Seabrook Station nuclear plant, about 63 miles away in New Hampshire, said it was not affected. The plant has been offline for refueling.
Posted: Wednesday, October 17 2012, 06:52 PM CDT
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Okla. Legislature honors Moore schools educators
May 23, 2013 22:06 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Legislature is honoring two educators from a school district where a massive tornado destroyed one elementary school and heavily damaged another.
Robert Romines, incoming superintendent of Moore Public Schools, and Shelly McMillin, principal of Briarwood Elementary School, appeared before the Oklahoma House and Senate Thursday.
Their visit comes after a monstrous tornado ripped through Moore on Monday and destroyed the Plaza Towers Elementary School, killing seven third-graders. The same tornado heavily damaged Briarwood.
Romines says the area has witnessed a lot of devastation, but that it will rebuild. He asked lawmakers to pray for strength and wisdom and courage for the community.
Superintendent of Schools Janet Barresi says the Board of Education has agreed to suspend the remainder of Moore's school year and has waived some reporting requirements.
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