4.0 earthquake rattles residents in New England states

October 17, 2012 - PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An earthquake in southern Maine has rattled nearby New England states. The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 4.0 magnitude quake was about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, and about 3 miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland. The quake was felt in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including Boston, and as far south as Rhode Island and Connecticut. The Maine Emergency Management Agency had no immediate reports of damage. The York County Communications Center near the epicenter was inundated with emergency calls, and dispatchers were too busy to talk. -Whdh
Loud rumbling noise: Some heard a loud bang. Others felt rolling vibrations. Still others thought it was a large truck, airplane, or helicopter. The 4.0-magnitude earthquake that hit west of Hollis Center, Maine, at 7:12 p.m. Tuesday was different things to different people as it rumbled across New England. “We heard it coming – it sounded like an airplane at treetop level. The quake probably only lasted about five seconds. It felt like it went up my driveway, under the kitchen and out the back yard. It was pretty cool,” Bill from Northborough wrote on the “Feel the Quake?” forum on boston.com. The earthquake surprised residents who rarely experience the phenomenon. Fortunately, no real damage was reported. More than 7,000 people across Massachusetts, including people from 344 of the state’s 351 communities, submitted reports of feeling the quake to the US Geological Survey’s website. More than 500 people in Boston and 300 in Cambridge filed reports, according to the agency. Hundreds of people also contributed accounts of the quake to boston.com. “I live in a house that’s over 100 years old. I’ve never felt any motion before. The house is solid, but this evening I felt it sway and almost ran out of the house. It was very disconcerting. I live in Lexington on a high hill,” Ashley Lieberman wrote. Mary shared her experience from York, Maine, which is about an hour from the epicenter of the quake. “At first, after feeling what seemed like a big bang, including a loud sound, I thought something in the neighborhood blew up or that a car hit the house, but then the house started shaking and I realized what was happening. It was pretty scary! I was glad it discontinued after a few seconds. Hope I never feel one again,” she wrote. Dan B. from Newburyport said his house shook for five seconds and he first ran to the basement to check his furnace. “I thought it was a large low flying helicopter,” he wrote. “It shook the nerves of my three children, all under 10 years old. We also have a calm dog who began to bark during the shake.” John Ebel, director of the Weston Observatory and professor of geophysics at Boston College, said some people might have had a few items rattled off shelves but that he has not received any reports of real damage. -Boston
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37 Responses to 4.0 earthquake rattles residents in New England states

  1. Susan says:

    I live in Saco, Maine -about 15 miles from Hollis. It was so loud and scary..things falling off the walls. Kids were so scared as it was our first experience with an earthquake. It sounded like a freight training coming through the house. Alvin, any major tectonic plates going through New England. Do you predict any more in this area? Was this a release from existing pressure across the globe lately?

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    • Debbie says:

      my goodness, that sounds terrifying! Glad your family and everyone else posting is ok. Interesting how this got ZERO news coverage outside of areas hit…

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      • Irene C says:

        Actually, the first place I heard about it was on The Weather Channel. Then there was an article about it in our small, local (Ohio) newspaper. So some news sources did report it.

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    • wendy davis says:

      I did not know earthquakes made a noise. Or was the noise from things tipping over and hitting the ground? Glad you are all okay. I am in Calif so understand how disturbing it is to have the ground actually move underneath us.

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      • merle says:

        Yes Wendy, they do make noise. When we had one in New Jersey back in the 1990’s, I was awoken by what sounded like a jet crashed in the field behind my house! Sometimes it’s like an explosion such as a loud boom.

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  2. Justin C. says:

    It was a 4.6 and seeing how they have been taking 1 tick off it was probably a 5.6.

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  3. Dave Aldrich says:

    Susan and Alvin… I felt the quake here in Rhode Island, 150 miles south of it. Just a slight tremor felt here, but I knew what it was. This is getting too close for comfort. I’m not sure how it relates to other seismic activity around. We “keep looking up!”

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  4. M.A.D says:

    The world is moving more now days , yes, it is a God thing,

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  5. KDiCataldo says:

    Really! Hope no more…

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

    “The Extincti

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  6. M.A.D says:

    By the way , no fracking going on there, nor is there a falt

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  7. Adam Murphy says:

    Let’s remember to pray for everyone. In these unstable times we often think about how ‘we’ are doing and ‘we’ need to remember the non-believers that need our help and have no idea what is coming. Pray for everyone in the northeast US. Thank you Alvin for all that you do and thank you for TEP (still reading).

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    • Angelsong says:

      Adam, I agree with you. We are to be the light of the world and let people see our light shine. We can all be in corporate prayer that those who are asleep will see and believe what is upon us. We are living in very uncertain times but I am awake and have peace that God is in control and He wants us to trust and have faith. Thank you Alvin for being a messenger of hope and comfort and may God continue to use you in a mighty way!

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  8. KP says:

    Mother Earth is in labor about to give birth to a New Earth.

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  9. Apple IIGS says:

    Alvin: You missed reporting on the 4.5 earthquake in Canada (Montreal, Quebec area) at 12:19 AM on October 10th.

    I heard a very loud boom, followed by about 7-10 seconds of very noticeable shaking and rumbling. Earthquakes happen maybe once every blue moon in this part of Canada, but I don’t think I ever felt one quite so strong as this (well, relative to what I’ve experienced in the past).

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/magnitude-45-earthquake-rattles-montreal-area-no-reports-of-damage/2012/10/10/6cb02296-12a2-11e2-9a39-1f5a7f6fe945_story.html

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    • Thanks for the notation Apple IIGS

      A.

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    • lpool says:

      I hadn’t heard about the one in Canada???

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    • A Quebecoise says:

      I guess you were to young when Chicoutimi had its 6.4 on Friday 25 November 1988?

      UT Date and Time: 1988-11-25 23:46:04 UT
      Magnitude: MW 5.9; mb 5.9; mbLg 6.5; MS 5.8
      Maximum Intensity: (Modified Mercalli) VIII
      Latitude: 48.12° N
      Longitude: 71.18° W
      Depth: 28 km
      Preceded by a magnitude 4.7 foreshock on November 23, 1988, 4:11 am Eastern time
      Aftershock zone 35 km N-S by 35 km E-W
      On Friday November 25, 1988 the largest earthquake in eastern North America in 53 years ccurred 35 km south of Chicoutimi, Québec and 75 km north of the Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake zone. This earthquake, referred to as the Saguenay earthquake, was located in a relatively aseismic region, had a calculated magnitude of 5.9 mb, 6.5 MN, and a depth of 29 km. It was characterized by a single foreshock, relatively minor aftershock activity, and a large amount of high frequency energy.
      We had no damage ourselves but the shaking and rumbling was quite impressive.

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  10. Irene C says:

    When I first saw this, I was really surprised. I thought it was unusual. But then I read on the USGS site … “People in New England, and in its geological extension southward through Long Island, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones since colonial times. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike somewhere in the region every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt roughly twice a year. The Boston area was damaged three times within 28 years in the middle 1700’s, and New York City was damaged in 1737 and 1884. The largest known New England earthquakes occurred in 1638 (magnitude 6.5) in Vermont or New Hampshire, and in 1755 (magnitude 5.8) offshore from Cape Ann northeast of Boston. The Cape Ann earthquake caused severe damage to the Boston waterfront. The most recent New England earthquake to cause moderate damage occurred in 1940 (magnitude 5.6) in central New Hampshire.” The activity is definitely increasing in diverse places, especially here in North America. Stay tuned…

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  11. Jamie says:

    I live in Michigan and was doing some shopping when I felt my cart start to vibrate. I kid you not! I was just standing in an aisle so was not pushing the cart to cause the vibration. It felt like it started in the floor and traveled up through the cart and into my hands. I thought that I was hallucinating….or having a low blood sugar moment. It was the creepiest feeling that I have ever experienced….almost like a rolling under my feet. I even felt a slight disorientation.
    No one else mentioned having this expereience in that particular store so I just chalked it up to something unexplainable.
    I am wondering what time this took place in Maine?

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  12. adam murphy,, why ,pray for everyone in the northeast ? what is going to happen

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  13. randa says:

    I live in Conway, New Hampshire and when this thing happened yesterday the house shook and I thought, “Oh my God, I think that was an earthquake.”

    Weird with all this granite how there is an EQ.

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    • ReoccuringKind says:

      Most continental crust is granitic, and composition is largely irrelevant in seismic events. Earthquakes occur when rocks within Earth’s crust become deformed due to pressure created by tectonic movements. These deformed rocks store elastic energy, and when the pressure is removed as plates or rocks move or slip past one another, the stored energy is released and causes seismic waves. These movements and releases of energy happen every single day – most commonly along plate boundaries or faults, but occasionally within the plates themselves – but are normally only felt when there is a significant amount of energy released, and when the earthquake’s focus (the point at depth at which the activity originates) is relatively close to the surface. I hope this (admittedly long-winded and potentially unnecessary) explanation helps you to understand why the type of rock is not explicitly connected to seismic activity.

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  14. Kat says:

    We had another earthquake here in DFW last night around 10 pm…2.7… It felt a different from the others, which felt like a strong vibration. This was was a big jolt.

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  15. Alexandra says:

    This might be of interest to all the readers here. The earthquake is mentioned as well.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Suspicious0bservers?feature=CAQQwRs%3D

    I appreciate the comments and of course the articles. Thanks to all.

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  16. Terry says:

    I felt this in Concord NH. I was in a very large building and at first I thought it was a jet plane flying over the building. The sound was very loud. I immediately thought of the recent earthquake close by in Canada and thought how unusual to have so much activity in the area.

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  17. Roe Gomez says:

    My sister lives in Mass and text me right after it happened. I checked it out and that quake was felt as far a Connecticut. She nor I have ever experienced an earthquake. I live in New Jersey and I am left wondering… Is it getting closer? Are we to worry here about a “big one” as well?
    BTW Alvin, I have been a faithful reader since December 2011. I check your site quite a bit daily. This is the first time I am leaving a comment. (Although i wanted to leave a couple comments). This one just hit too close to home.

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    • Thanks Roe, for the comment and letting me know you’re out there. I’m glad you’re following events closely. We’ve definitely seen a progression of events along the trail of science that is not unmistakable.

      All the best,
      Alvin

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  18. wllis says:

    underground boom they got underground tunnels all around that area

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  19. Could that earthquake in Montreal be felt in Peterborough Ontario.

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  20. Irene C says:

    Something definitely seems to be going on in the U.S. Now there’s a M3.6 29km (18 mi) NW of Hyannis, Nebraska.

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