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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  1. Carl

    Hey I felt it in Holyoke, Ma thought it was a big truck going up the hill whole house shook, I'm from the Bay Area in California and know quakes all to well this was nothing. But the old homes here were never built to see something like this. Thought the place was going to fall off the foundation.

    October 17, 2012 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Carl

    that was the bed rocking in Kennebunk, Maine

    October 17, 2012 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Cox

    Was it an earthquake, or was it the force of a husband's body hitting the ground after getting decked by his wife ... "Honey, I don't know WHY my name was on that Zumba list. I swear, I was never in there!"

    October 17, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Carl

    Every one knows there's nothing past Worcester, Ma but New York....LOL 🙂

    October 17, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • cmorcat

      Hey! Oxford, MA reporting in here. Search for my post on another page... ;^)

      October 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wastewater1

    With the "Benghazi" calamity and – treason – breach of faith by both WH and State, the rock'n and rolling continued just before the debate whih presented this "Chicago city street slicker" and his "Rev Wright-Obama pulpit" again present the empty rhetorical orations and failed policies which have left Black America's soaring unemployment rate far worse than in 2008....

    God Bless America!

    As Independent voters We pledge to take back America from the likes of Barry and Hussein Obama, Frank Marshall, Bill Ayers, Saiid, Rev Wright and so many others who have been striving to erode our core values – oust the scoundrals – oust the scoundrals!

    "Treason I Shout and Shame on You I Say" - christopher tingus, harwich, cape cod

    October 17, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    It is related to upcoming volcano from yellow stone. Geologist know it and know that before this deadly eruption , earthquakes start in places which usually there is no quake. We shall see more and more of these then floodings then...it is not fracking alone.

    October 17, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark J.

    Must have been that C-5 Galaxy landing, bringing our troops home safely, w00t!

    October 17, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. ohioan

    and let the fracking comments begin. Nevermind that there are faults in NE.

    October 17, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      New england has no faults . A few odd folks but no faults

      October 17, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. dylanesq@msn.com

    I was standing in my living room in downtown Montpelier, VT when there were several seconds of slight rattling which I immediately identified as being an earthquake.No discernable damage. I verified this on the USGS website and immediately called my daughter, a graduate student at USM. She had not felt the quake but a friend called that he had. her cellphone would not ring through to me for a while possibly due to so many people calling or to tower shaking ?

    October 17, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. ed

    was the fault line the same one that runs under seabrook nuclear power plant in new hampshire and if so what happened there

    October 17, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • l

      Probably nothing. They can handle at least a 6.0 running right under them, so a 4.0 50 miles away won't do anything.

      October 17, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Alyssa

    We will rebuild.

    October 17, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Meeee!

      Too funny!

      October 17, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sinfully Yours

    Really?! Just a 4.0?! Chris Christie jogging causes bigger ground tremors than this "quake." Get over yourself NE!

    October 17, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. bustinout

    They are greasing the wheel to get it to turn

    October 17, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dasea

    The debate was orchestrated perfectly. The response was orchestrated perfectly. But, the growing dissent with both political parties was withheld from the cameras. The revolution is not being televised. The spinning iron of a new country is guaranteed to gain more mass and momentum from Nov 3rd 2012 – Nov 2nd 2016. Thanks – Dastreagus Letobeiter North American Social Ethical Anarchy / Anarchy Youth Chicago

    October 17, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. coffeebean02

    The shake-up was due to the release of the "client list" names in Kennebunk Port, Maine...!

    October 17, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
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