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. snowboarder

    true prophet of god. lol.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. freshnewblog

    We felt it and we are not joking. It was scarey. I am a single mom and I was afraid for my son who was in the living room alone and is 7.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • freshnewblog

      Some one in the article here said that it felt like their house was going to collapse. I am glad to hear that, because that is what it felt like in my apartment.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. d

    Stephen King has taught me that earthquakes in Maine are most likely caused by prehistoric man-eating wormlike creatures and not plate tectonics.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackieo

      Nah, Rommey drop his wallet.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kpelletier09

    I live in Lake Arrowhead, ME, the neighborhood where the epicenter of the quake was. Scariest thing i've ever experienced. Started with an extremely loud bang (sounded like a plane crash), then intense shaking after that. Nothing like this ever happens in Maine, so we were all definitely scared!!

    October 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      Fracking. Look into it.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Maine Resident

    Earthquakes matter more here in Maine than in California because our IQs are higher.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Oppss...

    I farted, didn't know you guys could feel that

    October 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rajeev

    Felt it in Hartford CT for about4-5 seconds.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lynn

    I live in Hollis and I thought a semi was going to crash in my house. My daughter said our cats were freaking out running around before it happen

    October 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leigh2

      My cats did the same thing when we had that earthquake here in Virginia not too long ago. Animals are super sensitive to geological disturbances ~ before they actually happen. My in-law's dog also was acting up and anxious at that time as well.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |

    His name is OBAMA and I think we are in 2012 not 1850 .!!

    October 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    As a resident of Bangor, we didn't feel a thing.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ben

    I don't think there was an earthquake. That was the wives of the "customers" of the Zumba instructor kicking their husbands out at the same time.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Karen Fifelski

    Are they fracking in Maine? Are there injection wells for the disposal of the waste fluid of the horizontal hydraulic fracturing? There is new evidence that there is a direct correlation between injection well waste disposal and earthquakes.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alfuso

      There are some large fault lines running through New England. I felt tremblors there all my childhood.

      October 17, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. medic

    Very loud bang, the the whole house jumped around. my wife thought it was the water heater blowing up. most of our street was on the front porch looking around "What the hell was that, a plane crash". Cool to find out it was an earthquake.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fritz

    I live in the southern ozarks in northern Arkansas. We get mild temblors fairly often. There are hardly noticeable and only shake for a few seconds. They are all fracking quakes near the towns of Guy and Greenbriar 40 miles to the south. Lots of natural gas wells in the area including where I live, which is on the northern end of the Fayetteville shale band.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Howard

    I live in Derry, NH, and I felt NOTHING. I'm quite upset. I feel like I missed out on something. Oh well. However, there was a tsunami warning at the local Hood Pond. Word is several ducks were washed onto the shore.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
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