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. Martin

    Felt it here outside of Boston. Mayans zombies are reported to be pouring out of the crack in the earth, yelling "told ya so!"

    October 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      your reallly a different breed of idiot huh?? earthquakes can happen anywhere at anytime we're not exempt from anything!

      October 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe Mack

    Felt it in Westchester County, NY (40 mi. North of NYC)

    October 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Capt K

    Thought i was crazy sitting in hotel in BOS but guess not.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lara harlow-hentz

    realy shook us in Greenfield, MA

    October 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chaz

    i could feel it very clearly, enough a few things fell off shelves here in falmoth maine

    October 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Army Vet

    I wonder if this has anything to do with that town wanting to release those names? God is warning them to let the issue go. Do not release the names and move on.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Serious

    This is Jesus punishing them for their Zumba whoring.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • C. Lienhardt

      LOL that made me bellow

      October 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dan1975

    About two miles from our house in North Waterboro Maine. Only lasted about four seconds. Everthin shook. It terrified my three year old. 37 years in New England andI have never fely anything like that!!!

    October 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tommy

    I don't mean to sound like a newbie but is it normal for an earthquake of 4.6 to happen in Maine?

    October 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caroline L.

      No... we never get them

      October 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Yeah, agreeing with caroline here. not even once a decade but, this is the second one. there was a 2.0 during the summer 2 years ago.

      October 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ingrid

      NO...Didn't know that they felt like explosions either.

      October 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brian

    I can honestly say I felt nothing down here in Florida...

    October 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sane in maine

    Jonathan Prete – those of us still living in Maine are damn glad you moved back to NJ. We didn't like you very much.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fallen Angel

    See what happens when Romney starts lying.the whole East coast shakes.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John#22

    Around 7:12, Myself and a few others rushed outta Zumba. What happend?

    October 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ll72

      The Earth moved. And then the Earth moved.

      October 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • arlenemaine

      Do you think the names on the "list" felt the earth move twice? LOL Zumba Zumba

      October 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • John#22

      Everybody feels Zumba. It's not a class, It's a lifestyle. ZUMBAAA

      October 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PattiNH

    We are 16 miles from Hollis Center. Felt it strong, freaked us out. I'm okay with never experiencing one again, cause I know everyone in CA is saying "that was nothing"

    October 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • arlenemaine

      Having lived in CA for 25 years...let me tell you, this WAS something! Guess it must all depend on the geology, etc.

      October 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • xeno

      Hey, I'm in CA and it freaks me out that you had an earthquake that big in Maine! I hope all are okay.

      October 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • letsbereal

      I lived in CA, not matter if you get it alot, it still freaks you out...aftershocks as well.

      October 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherry Ashworth

      4.6? That was nothing! lol 😉

      October 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    I live in western mass. and didn't feel a thing while me and the kids were watching the Friday the 13th marathon.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
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