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. Bob

    I think Stephen King just got the inspiration for ten more novels.

    October 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JR

    I feel the earth move under my feet, I feel the sky tumbling down, tumbling down

    October 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hippie9468

    3 miles from my house in Hollis Center Me. Thought a plane had crashed in the back yard.

    October 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PAlady

    Felt it in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I wondered right away if it was an earthquake.

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

      So did i, in Coopersburg, just south of you.

      October 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sourdough Sam

    Aww, what a cute little earthquake! The ground in Alaska shakes so much, people worry when it's sitting still! I sat in a vibrating recliner once, and it held me in place! Good people, those Mainers. Just glad they're all okay.

    October 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carmen

    Felt it just as Nathan Goldberg was about to explain the deregulation of energy at the ACN Success Center in Portland Maine. What a great coincidence!!!!

    October 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Taneka M. Burwell

    I felt it here in Scarborough, Maine. I was quite shocked. I thought it was a big truck passing by until the house didn't stop shaking, and it got louder.

    October 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    Tremor hit NW CT. at 7:14pm

    October 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MashaSobaka

    I can never tell if those are earthquakes or just trucks driving by.

    October 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. woodin

    Heard reports it was centered in Kennebuck following the release of the names of all the "johns"......

    October 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. glorydays

    Gotta love that fracking!!

    October 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. strat

    Felt it here in central CT. Pretty cool. Hope all is well at Billys Chowder House in Wells Beach.

    October 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ariella

    Felt it in Brookline MA

    October 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nolan

    It's Orks from the subterranean motherland, preparing to take over the White House in case the closet muslim Obama gets reelected.

    October 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      You take an article about an earthquake and spin it with the President? Idiot

      October 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lobsterman

    South Portland ME here. Started with a loud sound like a train running through my basement for 5-6 seconds, followed by the floors shaking. Another 5-6 seconds later another loud sound then everything stopped. We are steps away from the ocean, so hopefully there will be ample of warning should a tsunami hit tonight!

    October 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
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