We are reposting our earthquake blog after last night’s eartquake in Maine.
Recent natural disasters in both New Zealand and Japan have once again raised the issue of how vulnerable New England is to a similar occurrence. Here are a couple of facts for you to consider:
• Believe it or not, the Northeast US is earthquake country – while it does not have the high frequency of earthquakes of California, the Northeast has experienced damaging earthquakes in the past and they will occur again in the future.
• The Northeast has a long history of earthquakes. From when the Pilgrims felt their first earthquake in 1638 up through a pair of damaging earthquakes (magnitude) that occurred in 1940 near Ossipee, NH. And since 1975 moderate size earthquakes have occurred in Central New Brunswick, central NH, northern NY State and Quebec.
The bottom line is that this area is more susceptible to earthquakes than you might think. And from our standpoint, it is equally important that you know that a standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not provide earthquake coverage. You need a special policy rider to cover damage to your dwelling and possessions should an earthquake occur. If the events of the past few weeks(last night) have made you nervous and you would like to learn more about earthquake coverage options, please do not hesitate to give H&K a call at 800-890-5606.
- 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Felt In Boston Area (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Earthquake centered in Maine rocks Vermont (vttoday.com)
- Small quake in Maine felt all over New England (cbsnews.com)
- Maine Earthquake 2012: Quake Rattles New England, Felt In Boston And Other Cities (huffingtonpost.com)