4.0 magnitude earthquake in Maine shakes New England

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck in southern Maine at 7:12 pm on Tuesday, October 16. It occurred about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, ME, which is 15 miles west of Portland, ME. The quake was 4.2 miles beneath the Earth’s surface.

The quake was felt in all of New England and Eastern New York.

Quake was felt in all of New England and Eastern New York

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A 4.0 magnitude earthquake is considered light, with an estimated 10,000-15,000 earthquakes pre year between 4.0-4.9 magnitude. It is described by the USGS as “Felt indoors by many, outdoors by few during the day. At night, some awakened. Dishes, windows, doors disturbed; walls make cracking sound. Sensation like heavy truck striking building. Standing motor cars rocked noticeably.”

Shake Map - Maine Earthquake
Shake Map – Maine Earthquake

Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #756 AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist #126

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  1. was lying on my bed in the dark and heard something shift in my closet and then my bed REALLY shook for like 5 seconds, and i heard my husband telling the kids to stop because he thought they were jumping (which they usally are) as all the glasses in the hutch were clinking!

  2. Felt it at home in Bristol, Rhode Island! The house was moving, the windows were shaking and the things on top of the furniture were vibrating!

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