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4.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Maine; Felt In Boston

Update at 8:30 p.m.: The U.S. Geological Survey has revised the earthquake’s strength to 4.0 magnitude, from 4.6 magnitude.

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An earthquake in southern Maine has rattled nearby New England states.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 4.6-magnitude quake was about 4 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, and about 3 miles deep. It hit at 7:12 p.m. Tuesday.

The quake was felt in eastern Massachusetts — including here in Boston — Vermont, New Hampshire and as far south as Rhode Island and Connecticut.

“This is definitely high or significantly higher than the typical quakes that we normally get to see in the eastern portion of the U.S.,” said USGS geophysicist Rafael Abreu.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

“All of a sudden my chairs are bouncing up and down,” described Jay Periale, of East Arlington, to WBUR. “And I noticed the rest of the apartment started bouncing. Probably lasted, oh, six, seven seconds.”

The USGS says damaging earthquakes strike New England every few decades, and smaller earthquakes usually hit twice a year.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

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  • Agentg1755

    I live in southeast Queens, NY and I felt about 10 seconds of the tremor around 7:15…I was on the second floor of my home at the time…

    • Johnathan0406

      Those where ghost in your house. Move out

  • Donna Fincher

    We heard more then we felt it here in Machias Maine. I ask my boyfriend what is that? He said I dont know sounded like a low flying jet.and out window was shaking…                Donna Fincher

  • Johnny

    I felt it in Chelmsford, MA

  • Anonymous

    I live in Worcester County in Massachusetts and I didn’t feel a thing..

  • Johnathan0406

    I live in fall river,ma i felt about 3 seconds of it

  • MoChaMan69

    Silly me . I was cursing the kids downstairs .

    • vito33

      I know the feeling. I live in a triple-decker where one of my upstairs neighbors likes to run on a TREADMILL, so at first I didn’t take it for what it was.

  • Mike

    I was at church. Thought the demons were running about. And then I saw this post and apologized to the pastor who then said get the hell out and run to the grave yard.

  • You

    Felt it like a rock hitting my head lol. A ceiling fell on me, they don’t make them like they use to. Damn Chinese trying to get us killed.

  • Eliteninjakakashi

    I live in Raynham, Ma And i felt it for a good 5 seconds on the secind story of my house, Im only 13 so this scared the living crap out of me! , It was in a like circular motion, and do you think there will be any aftershocks?

  • interested party

    the post cursing the Chinese should be removed!

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