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. arlenemaine

    Here in Buxton, ME...just a few miles east of Hollis Center. First I thought the furnace was about to explode, then I wondered if a jet was crashing overhead into our field, and also like a freight train running thru the basement for about 5 seconds. I lived in California for 25 years and was never in a vicinity to feel something this strong. Freaky.

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

    Felt it here in Manchester NH. The entire building shook.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ShadyRules

    Yeah it was pretty bad in Maine, my iPad fell off the kitchen table it was that hard!

    October 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ShadyRules

    And we're around the Augusta area.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sumguy2006

    Must have been caused by Fracking in PA.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ericg

    slept right through it here in Medford, (3.4m nw of BOston)

    October 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ALLuh

    Are they fracking around there?

    October 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SPRGFLD

    Felt in Springfield,MA.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Trish1010

    Trembling in the Western Mtns near Lovell. Felt exactly like a huge truck rolling by, no swaying at all. I guess Hubby really did a good job building this house. I'm from SF...I know quakes. It hardly felt like one here, in this house.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin

    I live in Belfast and this place shook good. The whole house felt like it was coming to life.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ken

    the house shook for 4 – 5 seconds, the dog shook for about an hour here in New Durham, NH

    October 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. michael

    I live in LA but New England will always be tmy home. really looking forward to Mainers reactions to this on tape...

    Gaw damitt!!!!

    October 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rgknp

    We felt it in Nashua,NH. It lasted couple of seconds.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Karen

    Felt it here in Clifton, NJ. 10 miles outside NY city

    October 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Northlight

    It was subtle but I felt it here on the midcoast. Thought I was imagining things and then the DJ on WCYY starts freaking out lol.

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