October 16th, 2012
07:43 PM ET

Earthquake recorded in Maine

[Update 8:55 p.m. ET] The U.S. Geological Survey revised its report of Tuesday's earthquake to magnitude 4.0, down from a preliminary magnitude of 4.6. The epicenter was pinpointed 4 miles west-southwest of Hollis Center, Maine, at a shallow depth of 4.2 miles.

Despite the downgrade, the quake was felt as far away as Boston, Massachusetts; Albany, New York, and even Waterbury, Connecticut, according to the USGS.

You can report your earthquake experience to the USGS at the above link, as well as adding your comment to the many at the end of this post.

"My entire house shook for 3 to 4 seconds. It felt like it was about to collapse," a viewer from Everett, Massachusetts, wrote to CNN affiliate WCVB in Boston.

"I live in Brockton (Massachusetts) and we just felt EVERYTHING shake here in Brockton," another viewer told his station.
Viewer Phillip Smith in Gorham, Maine, told CNN affiliate WCSH he felt a "Loud bang and 10 seconds of shaking ... scared us in Gorham. We must have qualified out here for the Guinness book of records: 10,000 homeowners at the same time run down to their basements to check if their furnaces have blown up."
The governor of Massachusetts said on Twitter that no harm was done:
Several people posted pictures of earthquake "damage" in the form of spilled pretzels and goldfish crackers.
Maine resident Brett O'Kelly sardonically assessed what may be the quake's greatest impact:

[Original post] An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.6  hit Maine at 7:12 p.m. ET Tuesday, according to the USGS website. The earthquake happened 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Hollis Center, Maine.

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soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. Jasmine

    I was working at a car dealership in Lowell, MA when it happened. I thought someone drove one of our trucks into the side of the building! The whole thing shook for about 15-20 seconds. No damage or anything, but it was definitely wild.

    October 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lsn2me

    i have read that the hydraulic fracking waste water with toxic chemicals is transported away from the fracking drill sites and then is injected deep underground at remote locations. i have read that this process has been proven to create earthquakes. i have seen very little media attention relaying this fact to the general public. is it possible to find out exactly where the injection sites are?

    October 19, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Damanthia

    Blame romney

    October 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chuck Norris

    I had a little gas, sorry about that folks

    October 29, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
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