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. Heidi nh

    We felt a rattling here in southern nh. Since we're not used to earthquakes here it was over before I even figured out what it was. Facebook has been blowing up and there's already an "I survived the New England earthquake of 2012" page.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roger Cotton

    I felt the quake here in central Vermont. A couple of jerks and some vibration for about 5 seconds.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rich DeFilippo Jr

    I live in Nashua, Nh felt it pretty good kids freaked a little but all is well. Our 1st earthquake kind of cool.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stef

    I felt it on Long Island (Port Jeff)..

    October 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    4.6? Not even worth waking the Prez for. Also, I have no idea where the "I" came from at the start of my name on the most recent post. I hate this phone.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. charlottedunningpto

    we are in metrowest...about 15 miles west of Boston and felt it really strong...window shook...the whole house shook...it was crazy!

    October 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JohnnyB

    I am in the air on wifi and was flying over Boston, we didn't feel any turbulence from it... HAHA

    October 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Verna

    I felt it here in Epsom, NH!

    October 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. james

    All you Mormons..magic underwear on NOW !

    October 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. letsbereal

    All clear in Andover...didn;t feel a thing...but then again, this city is far away from anything.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. New Hampshire

    Woke me up from my sleep. The whole house was shaking pretty intensely. Wild experience.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patrick

    I live in Greenville Maine and didn't feel a thing.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aditya

      Live in Danbury, CT, Felt it here.

      October 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Projections

    Felt it strongly here outside of Boston... Cars were pulling over thinking they'd incurred damages!

    October 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan

    Felt it and heard it really good in Cape Elizabeth, ME.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Laura Torak

    We live in Shelburne Nova Scotia at we were sitting in the living room when we heard a double bang that sounded like gunshots but we felt it on the floor. We went outside to see if we could find out where it came from. Found nothing but now that explains it.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • freshnewblog

      We heard a rumbling in Montpelier, Vermont. (State capitol)

      October 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • janeofvirginia

      I hope our place in Barrington Passage is OK. Glad you and your family are Linda.

      October 18, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
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