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. David

    I like all the drama people are throwing into this, like this is there only chance to get in on the earthquake craze that is sweeping the nation. "Rattled the whole house...like a Mack truck hit the house...everything on the table was shacking." I live in and old house in Leominster Ma, and my wife and I thought it sounded like another mouse in the wall. NO shaking, NO truck drove through the house, just MAYBE another mouse in the wall. Come on people, I've see commercials on TV that have shaken me more than this did!

    October 17, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • TS

      I'm about 10 miles east of David and my (pretty well built) house had a good rattle but no damage. For us it was a couple notches stronger than one of those good rumbles of thunder that shakes the house; glasses in the cupboard clinked around for a good 10 seconds and the fridge was visibly shaking around. My parents live another 15 mile closer to the epicenter and felt nothing.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. quantummoxie

    Actually, Maine is pretty sandy – all the way up into the mountains. It's all glacial deposits.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    Pretty much the same amount of rattling as the garbage truck driving by

    October 17, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. sanityhasleft

    I've been living in Maine my entire 30 years and that is the first time I have ever felt an earthquake and it freaked me out a bit. We live about a 20 minute drive from the epicenter and the house shook for a good 15-20 seconds, much more than a big truck going by. A couple of my co-workers live right near the epicenter and sustained damage to their houses. So the earthquake matter to us, especially when for most of us it was the first time experienced one. Let's see how you southern Californians deal with 3 feet of snow and below zero temps in the winter.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • TS

      >> Let's see how you southern Californians deal with 3 feet of snow and below zero temps in the winter.

      Pay them no attention, they whine whenever it rains. Would love to see them get one of those periods of 45 degree, misty, foggy days and nights for 2 weeks.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David M

    What earthquake?? I live on the northeast coast of Mass and didn't feel anything. Makes me wonder how people who live much further from where it occured can claim "the whole house shook". Lots of hype, I think.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • l

      Maybe their houses are acutally very unstable shacks? Felt and heard it in southern NH, but it was the same as if my washing machine was really unbalanced and shaking in the basement.

      October 17, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Yeah, cause its perfectly normal to be sitting there watching everything in my house shake back and forth, including the house, including an audible rumble for nearly 20 seconds... yeah, its gotta be all hype! You funny!

      October 17, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • cmorcat

      We live in Oxford, MA and felt a long shaking of 14-15 seconds. Our house is built on a large sand deposit. A lot of elements tie into how much a quake within a couple of hundred miles will affect your house. Folks 10 miles from us but living on rocky ledge substrates only felt a 5-6 second shake.

      October 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • TS

      It very much depended on where you live. I live about 90 miles from the epicenter in a very well, if not overly built, ranch from the early 60's and definitely felt it. My parents are 15 miles closer to it in a comparable house and felt nothing, though their cat was scared to death, which is the reason they suspected something had happened.

      As somebody else mentioned, it was probably one of those quakes that shook sandy ground more, which describes my neighborhood as nobody has anything but sand under their house; no rocks and nobody has ever hit water in a perk test.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Don

    This earthquake is the first time my bed has shook in a long time.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • the other one

      That is not what your spouse said to me the other night...

      October 17, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. ad

    I was standing in my kitchen in my house in Medford MA. It appeared that someone hit my house with big hammer.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Godless

    This was my first earthquake. A low rumble got increasingly louder and then some pretty decent shaking (nothing too bad, but definitely noticeable). I'm a little disappointed that the ground didn't open up and swallow some of the leaves in my yard. I was hoping to get out of raking this weekend.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Free Jupiter

    "Why is the house shaking"
    "I think the washer is off balance."

    Never forget the quake of 2012

    October 17, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. vatoloke

    That was the effect of Obama kicking Romney's butt last night.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • lindaluttrell

      Yep! That lyin' butt hit the floor haaarrrddd!

      October 17, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jamie

    Yep, you know you're in Maine because any time there's an earthquake, we never think it's that. We think things like, "Did the woodpile in the cellar just tumble down?" or "I knew Larry Pelletier was gonna crash that POS truck of his on my tree one of these days! Sounds like he finally did it!"

    October 17, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Melbyz

    Live right between Biddeford and Alfred I knew what it was shook for at least 20 seconds here, it was loud. Exciting, not really scary. Not my first, but def. the largest 🙂

    October 17, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. FITZY86

    Felt like the Down Easter train was going through my back yard. Saco about 15 miles east of epicenter.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Two Js

    I live in NH and felt the earthquake and thought my barn had caved in. But by far the funniest reaction was a friend of my brother-in-law "My dishes and glasses started shaking like crazy – I think my house is haunted and I have a ghost." We are a rural area so most of our friends and family thought their furnace had exploded, a tree had fallen on their house, their washing machine was off balance, or that one of their crazy neighbors had finally done it and driven into their house or nearby tree. We are prepared for things like a Nor'easter, a hurricane, a tropical storm, blizzard or floods, but not earthquakes.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Badly-Bent

    Sweat heart, we're going to bed early again.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
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