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. freshnewblog

    We live in Montpelier, Vermont and we felt it in our 2nd floor apartment. I am blotting about it if anyone wants to join me.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The AF Chief

    We live in Salem, NH, and the couch and TV shook pretty well for about 10 seconds.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CMR. Rielly

    Hey Ari Fleisher, the earthquake you said will strike Boston if Romney wins, well its close and getting closer. Obama will loose again tonight and on November 6th.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee G

      Learn how to spell before you start commenting on who will win or LOSE. Notice that that word is spelled with only one "O".

      October 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marcy

    Hi, we felt it in Wilder Vermont–we are on the state line with NH, separated by the Conn. River–no tsunami warnings so far!

    October 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bar

    mid to southern california is sandy . . . maine is rocky. There's big difference.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Huh? Have you ever been to Southern to Mid California?

      October 17, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. pam

    wow all my glasses and mirrors on my walls were shaking and vibrating.we dont get them that often at all.everyone new what it was right off.we deff felt it in claermont NH.Hope no one was hurt.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dee G

    Please! Just because you live in California doesn't mean that an earthquake on the east coast doesn't matter. Get over yourself!

    October 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tasha

    I felt it in Hartford, CT. My floor was shaking and my glass rattled so hard on the table that some of the juice splashed out.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Julie

    10 miles west of Springfield MA, we felt it and it rattled cabinets and doors.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Beeanne

    Thought I felt it in Virginia

    October 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dee G

    Felt it here in Danbury, CT.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Adam Diran

    You knoiw what we call a 4.6 earthquake in California?

    Nothing... Because nobody even bothers mentioning a 4.6 quake.....

    October 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • freshnewblog

      Vermont is not really supposed to have Earthquakes. Also do you guys usually hear a noise with yours in CA? We did.

      October 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Skye

    I used to live in San Francisco so when I felt a minor quake here in Maine I was excited! It was a rather pathetic quake, but a quake non the less 🙂

    October 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bruinman86

    We live in Freeport, ME and to us it was like a train going by. Not much shaking. The House is on ledge, so that may be why it wasn't so strong for us. But friends in neighboring towns had stuff shake pretty good.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob Francoeur

    Mother nature is getting in on the lucrative Zumba act!!!

    October 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herb Stiles

      The Bob Francoeur?? I slept through it in my recliner. My wife and daughters here in Hudson, NH felt it strongly.

      October 16, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
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