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. Mary

    Yeah so everything was the norm just gone done with dinner.... my youngest just about to get in the tub when the poor little thing comes running out and holding me until the house stops shaking..I'm telling you those few seconds were surreal.... but like i've seen in many post i can now offiically cross it off my bucket list.. I have lived through an earthquake.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. allenwoll

    Let's hope not !

    October 17, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. allenwoll

    If earthquakes were retribution for or reminders of the sins of men, then the surface of the earth would be nothing but sandy soup !

    October 17, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. mechanicsoldier

    Pretty funny. Me and my friends are all eating at a pizza place right north of Boston in Revere, right underneath the Blue Line (subway that runs above the restaurant.) Well needless to say the whole building shook (not violently but noticeably) for about 6 seconds. Everybody stopped eating and looked around and my friend says. "Wow, was that an earthquake?" And I replied "Nah it was probably just the Blue Line. Better chance of me getting a job than getting an earthquake around here." (Unemployed for two months unfortunately). Ten seconds after I say that three people run in and say "Hey guys did you feel the tremors?!" I looked around, sighed and said "Well, I better be getting a god damn job."

    October 17, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. NanH

    Went to Alaska to see the northern lights and experience an earthquake. Experienced both.....in Mass, but the scenery in Ak was awesome!

    October 17, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. bhowerton

    felt rumbling here in Danbury, CT for a few seconds

    October 17, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. RONALD DIBERTO

    The quake woke me from a dead sleep. Thought it was a truck going by. Cannot wait to have another one. Shows Gods power. It was awesome!!!!

    October 17, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • SB

      Earthquakes were a perfectly natural event on Earth for billions of years before the human race came along and invented the concept of religion and the particular god(s) you choose to worship.

      October 17, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. lynn thompson

    It's a sign from the Good Lord telling you to vote for Obama! (but, after the debate, who would doubt this?)!!!!!!!!

    October 17, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Neal B

      Yeah! Right?

      October 17, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Triole A

      Me... 112%

      October 17, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • thedarkelf

      The devils greatest trick was making people like you think his voice was gods, A vote for Obama is a vote for the devil.

      October 17, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Cox

      Hey elf! Hyperbole much?

      A vote for the devil, huh? Time for your meds.

      October 17, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
    • jenn

      i knew someone would have to say something about Obama lets blame him for the earthquake. We blame him for everything else. Lets blame him for the stuff bush did. People need to grow up, and stop acting like little kids.

      October 17, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Neal B

    Loud rumble shook the house, dog barked. Sounded like low jet, Not as much motion as when I was working outside San Fran when earth shook during world series. comments about shaking being felt as far as Conn, including Boston are DUH.

    October 17, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Neal B

    Hey Tom, lived there 20 years , glad to be home

    October 17, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Neal B

    Home grown Mainer here didn't know that. Thanks for the info , will search that out.

    October 17, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. lsn2me

    it's just another earthquake, likely caused by hydraulic fracturing (FRACKING) dumping their poisonous waste water into some remote site. that would be my guess. but then, who am i to say? hey, remember guy arkansas' quakes and all those dead birds and fish? the colorado quakes and vacated school? the recent dallas airport quakes and also ohio's? did those leroy high school girls get well? were there really 5 fracking sites close to their athletic field? hmmmm, i wonder if minor quakes would cause a home gas line to leak? wonder if that could lead to a spontaneous explosion? oh, there's probably no connection. i am just thinking to myself. guess we better just get used to the minor inconvenience of an earthquake now and then, for the sake of getting good jobs and making money shipping our natural gas off to china. they give us money for our gas and we can use the money to repair our infrastructure that has been damaged by earthquakes. that makes sense. someday maybe we can even have a friendly trade with china. we can trade our natural gas for safe drinking water.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
    • d bone

      Strange that you say that. Most ridicule someone for an opinion such as this, but I live in a 'fracking' area and I find that tremors in our area have increase 20 times since they started drilling! Its safe though, REALLY! Come on over and have a drink of water if you dont believe the hype 🙂

      October 17, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. majav

    God is punishing Romney for lying to the American people. Watch out Michigan is next!

    October 17, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    Isn't Maine a part of Canada?

    October 17, 2012 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      No they are a breed of there own up there, strange goings on I say...

      October 17, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. ifelttheearthshakeundermyfeet!

    Hubby and I both jumped up from the love seat and ran downstairs. We thought perhaps the furnace had misfired... Nope. Just an earthquake! Cool experience. Glad everyone/everything is OK!

    October 17, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
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