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. Ronald Morgan

    Felt in East Ryegate, Vermont!

    October 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LMNOP

    I am sure this somehow has to do with Zumba

    October 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Russ

    Gas line going into your house?.... Out here there is an oil tank on the basement or a pile of logs to burn. There is no natural gas lines around here.

    Source: I live here.

    October 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jordan

    Waltham Mass HELL YEAH!

    October 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pftusername1

    dude you drinking tonight or what?

    October 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. brian

    me thinks me spilled me beer while changing the tv channel to get info on the "earthquake"

    October 16, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony

    Is that in a fracking zone.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • tet1953

      No fracking in Maine that I am aware of. I am about ten miles from the epicenter. Knocked a couple things off shelves.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. david j

    That was a loud sound like a truck and felt the back of the couch move a few times.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Josh

    Thought it was my Xbox controller vibrating as I made a kill playing call of duty. Then I realized I wasn't using the Xbox. Gotta stop smoking weed soon.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SPENT

    Living through earthquakes in Central Ca and Los Angeles. This is no big deal. Just wait!

    October 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. popcorn

    End of times....

    October 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowboarder

      don't bet on it.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Caitlin


    October 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cpc65

    My brother and I felt the shaking down here in Rhode Island. First time I ever actually felt one where it wasn't a truck going down our street. I have heard that because of all the bedrock in New England you can feel these at a further distance away from the epicenter than in other parts of the country. This was also a very shallow one according to the USGS . Lucky for us these temblors are very rare and minor around here, thank you very much.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohsnap

      I'm in Providence and I definitely felt it as well.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zandhcats

    Sorry, don't feel any.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SpotOn

    In California, earthquakes are one of the four seasons along with wind, fire, and flood.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
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