(Major) Earthquakes list October 16, 2012 – Moderate earthquake in Maine, USA

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Moderate earthquake in Maine, USA
The epicenter is a3 miles from Hollis center.
5km (3mi) W of Hollis Center, Maine
21km (13mi) NW of Biddeford, Maine
21km (13mi) NW of Saco, Maine
22km (14mi) WNW of West Scarborough, Maine
83km (52mi) ENE of Concord, New Hampshire
The earthquake was felt very hard because of the shallow depth of 5 km.

Update: The historic Watson Academy in Epping, New Hampshire was damaged by the quake. Floor, roof and bell tower of the 129-years old building got damage.

Faults in New England
Earthquakes everywhere occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles deep, although some New England earthquakes occur at shallower depths. Most of New England’s and Long Island’s bedrock was assembled as continents collided to form a supercontinent 500-300 million years ago, raising the northern Appalachian Mountains. The rest of the bedrock formed when the supercontinent rifted apart 200 million years ago to form what are now the northeastern U.S., the Atlantic Ocean, and Europe.
At well-studied plate boundaries like the San Andreas fault system in California, often scientists can determine the name of the specific fault that is responsible for an earthquake. In contrast, east of the Rocky Mountains this is rarely the case. New England and Long Island are far from the nearest plate boundaries, which are in the center of the Atlantic Ocean and in the Caribbean Sea. New England is laced with known faults but numerous smaller or deeply buried faults remain undetected. Even the known faults are poorly located at the depths of most earthquakes. Accordingly, few, if any, earthquakes in New England can be linked to named faults. It is difficult to determine if a known fault is still active and could slip and cause an earthquake. As in most other areas east of the Rockies, the best guide to earthquake hazards in New England and Long Island is the earthquakes themselves.
Update : “It appears that some phone and cell phone lines were inoperable for a short time after the event most likely due to the volume of calls that occurred. NextEra Energy, the owner and operator of the plant, released the following statement regarding the earthquake: “At 7:20 this evening, as safety is our highest priority, by procedure, Seabrook Station declared an unusual event due to the earthquake felt throughout the region. An unusual event is the lowest of four emergency classifications. The plant has been offline in a refueling outage. There has been no impact at all to the plant from the earthquake, and our refueling maintenance activities have not been affected. We do expect to exit from the unusual event shortly.”
Update : we found a very good article in the BoistonHerald. Click here to read it.

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USGS North Island Of New Zealand Oct 16 23:42 5.7 103 MAP I Felt It
EMSC North Island Of New Zealand Oct 16 23:42 5.7 110 MAP I Felt It
  • Pawtucket RI - Office on 2nd floor, felt desk and computer shake as did my chair. Less than 10 seconds. .
  • GEOFON North Island, New Zealand Oct 16 23:42 5.7 103 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Maine Oct 16 23:12 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Pepperell Mass - I felt house moderately shaking.I thought it might be and earhtquake, but went back to sleep. I noticed a long piece of finished wood from my bathroom counter on the floor this morning and I was not surprised hearing about the earthquake. Hope everyone is safe.
  • USGS Maine Oct 16 23:12 4.5 27 MAP I Felt It
  • Unknown - The shaking lasted about 5 seconds. Very definite and steady.
  • exeter nh - light shaking lasted about 20 seconds
  • whitefield maine - had experienced a similar quake in the late 70's in Topsham
  • Auburn, ME - Felt stronger than the last one I experienced in California.
  • Woodstock, ME - Sitting on the couch, felt a mild shaking that lasted for about 10 seconds.
  • Unknown - house shook
  • Brunswick, ME - Wow - totally surprised! Couldn't figure out what my husband was doing upstairs or why the washer was unbalanced?! Lasted 10-15 seconds.
  • Unknown - I felt it and, my neighbors did too. It upset my stomach. I felt the energy of it.
  • Sudbury MA - Nothing fell off any shelves but the lamps shook and the tremor, which lasted 5 to ten seconds, was palpable and produced mild to moderate anxiety in the people the room.
  • concord, nh - up and down light shaking for 20 seconds
  • North Reading, MA - house rumbled and desk papers shook for about 10 seconds
  • Cumberland, ME - The house shook briefly but a definite shaking. Very unusual for around here.
  • Andover, MA - It seriously was like the washing machine was off balance, only much more so. Maybe like the house was a washing machine, and off balance. Nothing fell. Lasted a few seconds, a half dozen or so vibration pulses.
  • Unknown - Duration of 9 or 10 seconds at 7:13 EST; felt in Woodstock, VT.
  • Watertown MA - House shaking at 7:20 pm for about 20 seconds
  • haverhill, MA 01835 - Dog started barking and then the whole house started to shake or vibrate for several seconds.
  • Beverly, MA - My whole house shook.
  • Westbrook, Maine - Watching TV, felt like 10 seconds of strong shaking.
  • gorham - felt like a Harley was outside my bedroom door
  • waterville me - Couple seconds sway shake
  • belmont ma - felt the house shook for one shot
  • Dublin, NH - Lasted about 20 seconds, rattled the house lightly
  • Hampton Falls NH - Thought the furnace was going to blow up, then I realized...
  • North Smithfield, Rhode Island - Lasted About 5 seconds ceiling lights shook, and TV pause for a moment
  • townsend ma - Lasted less than 10 seconds.
  • Hampstead NH - Constant rumbling lasting about 10 seconds
  • Cape Cod MA - Oct. 16, 2012, 7:13 pm EST definite shaking lasting about 5 seconds on the mid-Cape (Yarmouth Port).
  • Berwick, ME - Weak shaking, definite loud steady rumble noise. Lasted about 5-8 seconds
  • Cape Elizabeth - Sounded and felt like a jet passing near by.
  • Brookline, VT - Heard the advisory tone on the radio, but didn't listen to the message
  • Milford, NH - house rumbled for about 5 seconds.
  • Unknown - Live in Thetford, VT
  • South Hadley, MA - My desk started to move but I noticed this because my laptop started to shake.
  • 06033 - Gentle tumbler
  • Unknown - New Gloucester Maine. A distant rumble then a shaking house then the rumble went away
  • Beverly MA - sitting on the couch, the whole foundation of my house shook for about 5 seconds
  • portland, maine - Upstairs, floor started shaking and i heard rumbling
  • Chelmsford, Ma - Lasted aproximately 7 seconds.
  • Brattleboro, vt - Shaking was stronger than a heavy truck going by. Noticible shaking.
  • Unknown - started as a rumble and shook the whole house it was short but quite strong for NH
  • New Boston, NH - Sounded and felt like train was going by outside
  • billerica - shook for about 8 seconds
  • Falmouth, ME - probably 10 seconds. windows rattled, pets upset, nothing fell off walls but we could certainly feel it!!
  • north reading,ma 01864 - Sitting in my office and felt ground shake and saw my walls move a little.Lasted about 5 seconds.
  • Wilmington MA - Serving dinner and felt shaking coming from the basement.
  • Central Massachusetts - Amazing. The whole house shook
  • Adams, MA - felt at 7:13 lasted 35-45 seconds. Way cool!
  • Poland - Sound like a jet taking off.
  • readfield,me - a little stronger than the last Readfield, lasted a little longer
  • chester, vt - It felt like a train going by but way to close.
  • Worcester, MA 01603 - lasted a solid 5 seconds!
  • Newport, NH 03773 - First heard the wine glasses rattling. They sometimes do this when a logging truck or snowplow drives by. Then it got stronger - the whole house was shaking. Oh, I remember this from California - It's an earthquake! Rattled pretty good, maybe some of the plaster cracks got bigger, but no real damage.
  • Amherst Ma. - On the 5th floor of library at Umass Amherst, table stated shaking, lasted about 30 seconds to a min.
  • Billerica, MA 01821 - Light shaking (made the bed in my room creak). No damage.
  • NewGloucester - the entire house rattled for at least 20-30 seconds
  • waterville, me - the house shook for about 5 seconds
  • Dublin, NH - Am a long way from Maine nearer Keene and the Vermont border and we felt a light shaking that lasted about a minute and then a crack and a light tremor
  • saco - One quick boom then a steady shaking for about 20 seconds
  • Nottingham, NH, USA - no damage but the whole house shock for 10 seconds +/- Nottingham, NH, USA
  • Clarendon, Vermont - In my car when I felt it start to shake, car was off in the driveway. When I came inside, my wife remarked if I felt something, since the whole house had just been shaking around.
  • 06279 - About 5 seconds duration
  • Marshfield, MA - It was a good shake and the windows were rattling
  • Topsham, ME - Standing in the kitchen I thought a big truck went by but quickly realized it was more than that. Went outside and the power lines were still swaying, neighbors looking outside with flashlights.
  • Medway, MA - I live in a 2 story wood house. The entire house shook for about 3-5 seconds.
  • Gilford, NH - Lasted about 15 seconds
  • Auburn,NH - Approximately 7:15 pm. 10/16 Auburn, NH. Shaking of house
  • Saxtons River, VT - lasted 10-15 seconds, loud rumbling, caused heavy garage door to close.
  • Wareham,ma - Lasted about 20-30 seconds
  • west chesterfield, nh - We felt it shake the house and the floor moved under our feet in the livingroom. China in the china cabinet rattled.
  • Tamworth, NH - Whole house made shaking and creaking noises and i knew that it was an earthquake when my bf, 30 miles away said he was feeling shaking in his house
  • sebago - Shaking windows, sounded like a large damaged truck rumbling by. Thought boiler may have blown. Knocked goards off the porch!
  • Amherst, NH - Sitting on first floor of colonial house. Rumbling sound and slight vibration felt for less than 10 seconds. Sounded like "from the basement" or "very large truck passing by". Dog was startled and unnerved.
  • Unknown - Marblehead, MA
  • Northfield, NH - Heard things rattle in the house, felt and heard the rumbling under our feet for about 25 seconds.
  • Meredith, NH - It occured at approximately 7:10 PM EDT tonight. There was steady shaking, rattling windows and shaking lamps on objects on flat surfaces. It lasted about 6-8 seconds, starting suddenly and tapering off.
  • Gorham - Theres no cell phone service where I am, are we sure this was from an earthquake?
  • Chicopee, MA - Approx 10 seconds of light shaking followed by stronger shaking for an additional 10 seconds.
  • Unknown - Felt weak but noticable shake similar to last years in feeling.shook book shelf
  • Dover, NH - Very steady 10 second tremor.
  • Natick, MA - House rattled and shook, especially upstairs, like when the washer is out of balance
  • Pittsfield NH - 15 seconds of shaking very mild
  • scarborough maine coast - Lastest 20 seconds but fairly strong, I thought the boiler in the house was about to explode. I have felt earthquakes before but this was alittle stronger than most light tremors.
  • 03574 uszip - lasted about 5-7 secs
  • Sharon, Massachusetts - Felt light shaking for approximately 5 seconds. This occurred at approximately 7:16pm (October 16, 2012).
  • western MA - The room shook light-moderate for about 5 seconds.
  • goffstown nh - Lights shook, dishes rattled, phones stopped working
  • Portland, ME - 5-10 seconds -- over by the time figured out what it was...sent all the neighbors outside to ask "what was that?"
  • south portland, me - lightly shook the house, nothing fell over. big enough to scare children.
  • Unknown - House shook for maybe 5 seconds, with a low rumble. Wife describes it as "shaking from the top down," unlike say a truck going by. Athens, VT
  • Smithfield, RI - In basement, recliner I was in shook side to side, picture on wall rattled.
  • Henniker, NH - The house rattling got very loud. We have a metal roof and it sounded like loads of snow falling off the roof but, obviously there is no snow. Rattling sound lasted for roughly five seconds and gradually petered out from there.
  • Sudbury Ma - Dunno. About ten seconds. Not strong enough to knock anything over. And I have a lot of stuff that's easy to knock over.
  • PORTLAND - LAST 5 TO 10 SECONDS- LITTLE AFTER 7 PM
  • Rowley, MA - floor and house rumbled. 15-20 seconds of steady sustained rumbling. sounded like an extremely loud furnace running.
  • gorham - the whole house shook, felt like something exploded nearby
  • Ashby MA 01431 - Heard boom and felt shaking and heard creaking of the walls of my house
  • Unknown - Wow, that is not somehthing you feel here in Maine a lot!! My mom and I thought our furnace was getting ready to blow up!!
  • Southampton MA - Strong enough to shake my heavy four poster bed with me on it. Felt two tremors, with maybe a 1 second interval in between. 1st lasted about 5+ seconds, 2nd was stronger and about 15 seconds. My cats froze about 2 secs before it hit, they knew something was up.
  • Walpole, MA - Shook our 2nd floor office
  • Andover, Maine - Shaking lasted about 5-6 seconds. Borderline moderate shaking here & A slight "rolling" effect.
  • Cambridge MA - Everything in my apartment shook for several seconds.
  • Merrimac, MA - Like three semi-tractor trailers rattling through the front yard.
  • Farmington - Most shaking I've ever felt. Deep rumbling sound.
  • duxbury, ma - Oct 16 at approx 7:14 pm. Felt a mild earthquake. Shiik for several seconds.
  • Hartford,CT - Sitting on my couch, wasn't sure what was causing it, my hanging plant shook for a good solid 30 seconds.
  • Dighton, Massachusetts - Didn't think it was an earthquake, then people said did anyone feel that earthquake.
  • North Conway NH - Light shaking lasted like 10sexknds and made my stomach turn
  • Boston, Massachusetts - I'm in a 1900's masonry and heavy timber building. Fairly heavy shaking - I could feel floor moving up and down and the wall next to me creaking. Lasted maybe a minute.
  • Cape Neddick Maine - Similar to the other postings. House shaking for about 20 seconds. Experienced a similar quake in Hampton NH some years back so knew what it was.
  • springfield,ma - I felt an earthquake about 10 mimnutes ago
  • Kennebunkport - Came in with low rumble into building shake (8 unit condo, 3 story), very loud sounded like a furnace blowing up, lasted several seconds ended in a low rumble. Scary like riding a wave.
  • Kennebunkport - Could hear it before I felt it
  • South Hampton Nh - Entire house shook for 5 sec.
  • Littleton, MA - House and window frames started shaking. Lasted 5-10 seconds. Very impressive!
  • Unknown - Felt like a train right next to the house for a few seconds
  • cape elizabeth, maine - house shaking ground movement more noise than feeling
  • Ashby MA - Mild shaking of furniture and open. Doo
  • North Smithfield, Rhode Island - Felt house shake for 5 to 10 seconds. Heard drinking glasses clinking, pots of flowers definitely all shaking at same time. Never felt that in New England before!
  • Brunswick - Felt like a train was going by but we don’t live near any tracks.
  • groton, nh - sared me. i thought a tree was falling on the house
  • gorham - My T.V. was dancing on my desk...its not a flat screen.
  • Newburyport, ma - Thought it was the wind, then the cats freaked out. Pretty decent shaking.
  • Groton MA - Never felt one that strong in NE before.
  • Worcester, MA - I was sitting in my basement and the table that has a computer on it shook. Nothing else can shake the basement floor except an earthquake. Approximately 7:15 PM EST.
  • Wellesley College - felt a like shaking, never knew it was an earthquake. quite wicked
  • hyannis, ma - Crazy!
  • Brookline, MA - dishes rattled on the shelves for about 5-10 seconds. Nothing fell. Neighbor didn't notice anything.
  • Wilton, NH - several seconds of mild vibrato
  • 03275 - moderate rumble like dump truck with full load driving by. floors vibrated, windows and pictures on walls slight rattle.
  • Salem, Ma - Felt like the bck of the house was shaking, thought it was the neighbors.
  • Bedford NH - At least a second or two long with 2-story building shaking unmistakably
  • Newburyport, Mass. - A small shaking that lasted maybe 5 seconds.
  • Merrimack, NH - Heard a faint rumbling. There was floor shaking comparable to the sensation caused by the passage of a nearby train. Entire experience lasted just a few seconds.
  • Lincoln NH - Felt a moderate shaking at about 7:15 P.M. we were unsure what it was. Thought it maybe a huge truck hitting something near the house but it kept going on for about 10 seconds. Decided it was an earthquake.
  • Cambridge VT - Felt like the washer was off balance and shook the whole house.
  • Saugus, ma - Sitting in my living room and felt this strong vibration and my wife was on the phone with her friend . I thought it was the washer machine or an 18 wheeler at first, but wow it was so much stronger than that and lasted at least 7 seconds long, but my wires friend on the phone was feeling the same trembling going on
  • dover, ma - rumbling and shaking for about 5 seconds
  • West ford ma - Thought the kids were jumping upstairs!
  • Tewksbury, MA - I was playing battlefield 3 and my whole desk and monitors started shaking pretty badly. I thought the game was coming to real life.
  • Waterford, Maine - Sounded like a jet roaring over the roof and someone with the bass stereo on high. Nothing actually moved but yet. you felt movement.
  • Boston, MA - House shook, Thought washing machine going crazy. Lasted 15 seconds total
  • Cape Neddick ME - lasted 15-20 seconds, deep rumble
  • Hollis Center, Maine - Was sitting on the couch and the couch was vibrating and actually moved a little across the floor. Very loud rumbling noise. Could even feel the house move.
  • Milford, NH - 5 unit condo bldng. rattled. reminded me of lots of heavy snow sliding off a roof.
  • Orrs Island - 15 seconds noisy
  • Unknown - In liquor store, bottles in the store shook for about5 seconds.
  • Quincy, MA - Not sure how severe this was since I haven't experienced many, but it was definitely enough shaking to make me stop what I was doing.
  • Oakham MA - a good 5 seconds of shaking
  • Unknown - North Attleborro Mass experienced the same thing shaking 5 sec or so Lamps were shaking in my windows
  • Boston MA - I felt the couch shake and saw things around me shaking...nothing fell
  • providence RI - weak shaking cieling tiles moving 10 sec on 6th floor of building
  • Northampton MA - Sitting in Starbuck's. Noticed mild shaking for a couple of seconds.
  • Brookline MA - sitting on couch in 12th floor apartment, felt the building shake gently for ~5 seconda
  • Somerville MA - Felt like several people running through the room shaking the floor.
  • Unknown - Burlington, MA - 5-10 seconds dining room china cabinet shaking and floor shaking.
  • Freeport - WOW. Sitting on a bar stool while my fanny gets massaged.
  • Canton ma - We felt the furniture shaking
  • Unknown - Colchester, Vermont. felt strong shaking for 10 seconds
  • gloucester - We were eating dinner and the entire house shook! WE even shook
  • Concord NH - Concord NH In family room at 7:15 or so. Thought something happened to the furnace for a minute. BIG rumble and entire house shook, including the windows. Nothing fell over but had to restart my grandfather clock. My iced tea moved in the glass. Strongest one I have felt since about 1986, then in Hollis NH, which also felt like the furnace blew up, so then I knew what it was. Lasted about 5-7 seconds. Did not feel an aftershock. My cat, who is 20 years old and deaf, slept through it.
  • gray maine - the house shook for 10-15 seconds with a rumble type noise.
  • Worcester, MA - At about 7:15 p.m. the house rumbled, as if it were an unbalanced washing machine, to use the words of another poster. It lasted maybe 5 seconds, nothing fell down, just unexpected!
  • Gorham - Lasted about 5 seconds
  • Bedford, MA - Lasted about 5 seconds. Vibrations inside house seemed to roll from NE to SW. Could feel house shaking but nothing moved. Obvious earthquake.
  • Cambridge MA - Shaking east to west for about 7 seconds.
  • Wakefield,MA - shook for about 5 seconds
  • plaistow nh - 7 seconds of moderate shaking. nothing came off walls
  • Henniker NH - Shook the whole house for about 20 to 30 seconds
  • Westport MA - House shook a bit for a few seconds. Thought it might be the wind which has benn howling all day.
  • Andover, Ma - Felt like my townhouse was trembling - could hear the wine glasses in my cupboard clinking. Thought it was just me until my neighbor called and asked if I felt it.
  • Brunswick, ME - There was shaking for about 10 seconds. My friends in Durham and Portland all felt it as well.
  • derry nh - felt the house rumble about 10 seconds
  • Loudon NH - Whole house was shaking. Dog barking and cat running around!
  • Agawam MA - Short duration mild shake. no rattling of the house. several aftershocks have been felt so far of varying but lesser intensity
  • Bowdoinham,Maine - Not too strong but light and steady. About 5 seconds
  • canaan, nh - light shaking 5 seconds building rumbled noticably
  • merrimac, ma - I love it! rolling thunder
  • Pawtucket, RI - tried to figure out what the shaking in my house was then my sister called from Warwick, RI - asking if we just had an earthquake.
  • Yarmouth - Sort of deep strengthening rumble for about 4 seconds, then a stiff wave snapped through..and it was over.
  • Northfield VT - 7:15ish p.m. Oct 16, 2012. Felt like large gust of wind lasting 5–8 seconds. Sounded like a train going by and house noticeably shaking and rocking, creaking house nouses, then subsiding in about a second.
  • Norwalk, CT - Everyone in the house noticed the house shaking. Lasted only a few seconds.
  • 01966 - Neighbor across the street felt nothing.
  • Marblehead, MA - Could feel house shaking for about 10 seconds
  • Epping NH - without reading the definitions, wuould have said moderate shaking
  • Alfred Maine - Felt like at first the furnace blew and then thought a truck the house.
  • Unknown - Underhill, VT-I felt a tremor around 7:15 or so and called me neighbor who confirmed. Our house shook. dishes rattled. it lasted several seconds.
  • claremont nh - wow soo want too know what the mag was on that ui felt it 7 13 pm oct 2012
  • Standish - Maybe 15-20 seconds of shaking and seeming low frequency sound. Stronger than any traffic experienced, similar but lower in sound frequency.
  • sabattus, maine - Shook the whole house for at least 5 seconds, nothing like I have ever felt here
  • Alton, NH - House shook for about 10 seconds.
  • Springfield, Vermont - heard/felt the house shaking - scared the bejesus out of me
  • Concord NH - I was rinsing the dinner dishes. Felt sort of like I was running the disposal, but wasn't. My son was still eating at the table, and noticed the vibration. Definitely something!
  • Unknown - iit felt like a rumbling in the basement or like a very large industrial vehicle had driven by at slow speed
  • waterford ct - like a pulsing throb emanating from the ground. Shook my apt. complex and caused a book to fall to the floor. My cats were FREAKED.. Oct 16 2012
  • Laconia, NH - What's next for NH?!
  • Durham, NH - Given that I experienced a very nasty earthquake once, this small earthquake has triggered substantial anxiety.
  • Old Wolfeboro Rd Alton, NH - loud rumble seemed to last 25-30 seconds
  • Arlington MA - I was watching TV and all of a sudden I felt this shaking and my mom came running down the stairs. We went to see if our boiler exploded, but right then my friend called asking if we felt it too
  • US - Sitting on a chair on the second floor could tell that the whole house was shaking and saw that a lamp on the bureau was visibly shaking for about 30 seconds.
  • 01604 - Thought the upstairs neighbors were coming through the ceiling
  • Groton, MA - felt shaking back and forth through the main and second floors for a few seconds.
  • Springfield, MA - It lasted for 5 seconds or more. The whole apartment was shaking.
  • Billerica, MA - House shook side-to-side for 5-10 seconds, much more than what a large truck rumbling by would feel like. Didn't hear any loud noise or explosion, so we figured it wasn't a crash of any kind. Sure enough, it was an earthquake.
  • portsmouth nh - 10 seconds heard rattling in ad few parts of the house and felt mild shaking
  • Lyme NH - The house shook it lasted about 20-30 seconds
  • bangor me - just felt like house was vibrating for quick second
  • New York City - Felt it from my couch in NYC. Lasted about 10-15 seconds.
  • Cambridge, MA - Lasted 10 seconds, walls and couch were shaking and rumbling noise
  • White River Junction, VT - I was sitting at the dining room table and noticed shaking and rattling sounds, like when a train is going by. But it seemed stronger and louder then there was a much stronger shake. Nothing fell or broke, but I was sure it was an earthquake. Perhaps 15-25 seconds?
  • Plymouth, NH - It lasted approximately 20-30 seconds. Initially we thought it was a truck going by, or the washing machine off balance.
  • Southie - Couldn't figure out what was going on!
  • Unknown - Lasted approx. 4 seconds.
  • Nashua NH - the whole house shook and there was a definite rumbling sound
  • New Gloucester - atleast 20 seconds
  • Northampton - Entire building shook. Walls creaking. Lasted about 20 seconds.
  • Biddeford, Maine - I was laying in bed with a bottle of KY and my fleshlight watching some man on man, when i was about to climax i felt furious shaking which i thought was just me feeling pure bliss.
  • Watertown,ct - Shaking for 20 seconds
  • Marshfield, MA - ladders outside the house were rattling!
  • Amherst, MA - felt it on both floors of the house. stopped us in our tracks. my first earthquake.
  • Easthampton,ma - lasted about 5 seconds here in Easthampton,ma about 25 minutes ago....shook the plant holders on my table noticeably...
  • Groton, MA - The house was shaking, the t.v. was bobbing up and down from the wall mount, and it sounded like something landed on the roof!
  • Springfield, MA - My entire house shook for 10 seconds.
  • Enfield, CT - I work in a call center and there were more people than just me that felt a mild shaking for about 10 seconds. It shook me as I was sitting in my chair.
  • Holden, MA - House vibrated like a large semi truck passing by
  • Pepperell Ma. - light shaking felt on upper level floor of home
  • Lyndonville VT - My entire house shook for about 10 seconds....
  • freedom. nh - Sounded like a very heavy snow plow going by but louder and definitely more vibration - no damage visible
  • Warner, NH - House shook and rumbled for 3-4 sec, then 2-3 seconds again, then a softer rumbling for 2 seconds.
  • Farmington ME - 10-20 seconds at least entire house shook visibly
  • Durham, NH - 7:14 pm, lasted about 5-10 seconds. It sounded like a bulldozer driving by, but no major visible shaking.
  • Lowell MA - Felt as if a washer machine was unbalanced or someone had fallen down the stairs. Lasted for about 10 seconds
  • Littleton NH - 7:12 p.m felt shaking, like a very large truck going by. MY cats were looking all around. Lasted 4 to 6 sec.
  • Millis, MA - rumbling 7 - 10 seconds, sounded and felt like very large truck going past house
  • Amherst NH - Was indoors at a warehouse and registers/beams and doors were shaking for about 10 seconds
  • North Kingstown, RI - 7:13pm: While eating dinner felt the floor shaking. Confirmed by all four family members!
  • Unknown - West Greenwich RI felt a small couple of shakes, then it was like the house was rocking, dishes and shelves shaking, very scary. Hope no one was hurt.
  • Springfield, ma - Thought the dog was behind my chair scratching. I looked and he was not there. My sons felt the ground shaking also - weak but noticable.
  • Norwich, Vt - The house shook, pretty loud rumble.
  • Plymouth,Ma. - Whole family on 3 different floors felt shaking, heard rumbling like thunder, ceiling fans shook. Lasted approx. 15 seconds.
  • plainville, CT - Around 7:15ish this evening I said, "is that an earthquake?" Everything seemed to be shaking just a little bit, and I knew it was a light tremor. Lived many years in Cali.
  • Brookline, MA - The floor of room shook for about 5 second. It was a clear shake though not very strong. Me and wife got anxious though our son says he did not feel it. He was walking the room while we were sitting.
  • Unknown - In Center Conway,NH we heard a rumbling sound outside and house was shaking
  • merimack Nh - first thought it was the washing machine then it really started shacking things. Holy crap
  • topsfield, ma - Sitting at the kitchen table, 5-10 seconds of shaking! what fun!
  • Nashua, NH - Watching TV (30 Rock!) house shook, dogs barked. Lasted about 7-9 seconds.
  • Lowell, Massachusetts - Five to ten seconds of shaking while I was standing in kitchen and fiancée was in bedroom. Didn't think to observe cats' reaction. Neighbors in building immediately opened doors to see whether other residents had felt it.
  • New Portland - Lasted about 6 seconds
  • East Providence, RI - felt a slight shimmy in the house.
  • Boston, MA - Thought the shaking was from a washing machine in another unit of this rowhouse from the 1700's.
  • Needham, MA - Suddenly heard china in cabinet and things in refrigerator rattling! Lasted maybe 13 seconds around 7:15pm tonight.
  • Kennebunk - Like a sonic boom, but underneath more than above. Definitely a very strong rumbling. Felt it while sitting in a chair watching TV and talking to my son in Kennebunkport (who felt it at the same time), My daughter who was eating at a restaurant in Portland also felt it. She was near water and thought it came from there. Happened around 7:17 p.m. 10/16/2012.
  • Ludlow, MA - my whole house was shaking. my mother was running around very scared! very shocking.
  • West St., Oxford, MA - It was the strangest feeling...Sitting on the sofa and my whole house was shaking, dolls on the shelf rocking...it lasted a few seconds. My sister who live 3 house down the street didn't feel a thing. My dad who lives in the next town over (Auburn, MA) experienced the same feeling as I did. Glad I'm not going crazy. Pretty scary feeling!
  • Claremont, N.H. - Was on the couch watching TV when everything started shaking thought it was an unbalanced washer but then it started shaking everything
  • Mechanic Falls - Like a jet take-off! 5 seconds maybe
  • bangor maine - More like a rumble really almost as if we heard rather than felt it.
  • springfield ma - Very weird sensation. Felt the house shaking - I was in my bedroom on the second floor. This was about 1/2 hour ago.
  • Freeport maine - Felt shaking and heard a rumble like a far off train sound. Very strange!
  • portland, ME - 7:30pm, oct 16, 2012
  • Unknown - Tewksbury MA - felt like I was sitting on top of a washing machine during the rinse cycle and I work in a very large facility on the 2nd floor. Computer monitor fell over even! Lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Sanbornton, NH - Lasted 20 seconds. Standing at sink and heard/felt shaking. Cat and dog did not seem to notice.
  • Springfield, MA - Very odd and lasted about ten seconds...whole house shook, rattled, made noise, and all furniture shook inside the house.
  • Rawsonville Vt - The house shook for about 5 seconds, and the windows rattled. Lampshades trembled.
  • Weirs Beach - strong shaking in a concrete slabbed condo.
  • Atkinson, NH - Slow rumble then moderate shake of house for 5-10 seconds. Noted time 7:13pm.
  • Plymouth, MA - A rumble lasting about 4-5 seconds
  • Hampton Falls NH - We thought our pool house was going to fall down. Felt like it was being shaken by King Kong for about 10 seconds.
  • Castine, ME - Everything in my apartment shook for about 30 seconds.
  • Plaistow, NH - I woke up to my bed shaking and the sound of books on my shelves rattaling. Last about 5-10 seconds.
  • Unknown - CapeCod Ma, a little after 7:15 saw my desk vibrate
  • Hooksett, NH - Rumble.......thought a tree fell very close to the house
  • Unknown - Bedford NH: Nodded off watching the TV and dreamed the couch was moving!
  • Concord, NH - Huge amount of noise - like a freight train coming in the front door. House shook for 30-60 seconds.
  • Warner, NH - Heard it several seconds before feeling the vibration, 10-15 seconds total
  • Intervale, NH - 5 - 10 seconds rumbling and steady shaking
  • Taunton, MA - The printer, computer & items on my desk were vibrating & shaking for a good 5 seconds. Weird!
  • Newton, NH - knew the washer wasn't unbalanced. Left us all a bit.... unbalanced!
  • Middleton NH - The whole house rumbled for about 5 seconds or more.
  • South Hadley, MA - Weak shaking 10 secs glasses rattled in the cupboard.
  • 06249 - My frame house in eastern Connecticut shuddered for fewer than 5 seconds. I was on second floor thought something ran into the house at first, but when I found nothing, concluded it must have been a little earthquake. Have felt confirmed earthquakes previously here in Connecticut and elsewhere.
  • Brentwood, NH - Mild shaking, nothing that tipped anything over.
  • Smithfield, RI - Things on walls and tables shook
  • Newburyport, MA - It rattled my piano as if it were falling apart inside!
  • Pomfret Center, CT - I could feel several seconds of light shaking while in the cast-iron bathtub on the second floor of the house.
  • Bellows Falls VT - I'm working in a restaurant under which Amtrak runs. I thought it was a train but looked to see there was none. I asked others in the kitchen but they didn't feel it. My chair and computer were definitely shaking.
  • 06082 - watching tv couch started shaking hanging candles on wall sarted seaying
  • PALMER, MA - Building shook for 5-10 seconds.
  • Southold, N.Y. - MY 16 YR OLD DAUGHTER SHOUTED OUT AT 7:22 PM ESTWE'RE HAVING AN EARTHQUAKE! I WAS IN BASEMENT AND DID FEEL SHAKING. MY WIFE ON SECOND FLOOR FELT IT LYING ON OUR BED. VERY SHORT 1-2 SECS.
  • MANCHESTER, CT - Thought someone was on the porch pushing against my window frame to startle me.Even my dog stood up and looked around but he didn't bark so I figured it had not been a person. As I called a friend to ask if she had felt anything, a flash news report came on saying that "Yes" there had been an earthquake in Maine and that it was felt in our area. Yup!
  • Salem NH - first earthquake, kinda cool and scary, lasted 5 seconds
  • East Calais, VT - My first thought was, this has to be an earthquake!
  • Swanzey, NH - Definitely knew it was an earthquake. 7:13 PM
  • unity,nh - house was shaking all over for about 30 seconds at about 725pm ran out of the room it woke up my fiance who was sitting in the recliner wondering what it was
  • Walpole, NH - Light shaking at first, not enough to really FEEL but just enough to give me mild vertigo. Then a deep rumble accompanied by moderate shaking for 3-5 seconds... about 15 to 20 seconds in all.
  • Quincy Mass - Scary,unexpected shaking but first earthquake so i don't know the details
  • Baldwin ME - Ayuh, that was one.
  • Hampton NH - I just shut our furnace off because I thought it was going to explode! The house shook and vibrated like when a HUUUUGE truck goes by slowly. It lasted only about 10 to 15 seconds, but it definitely scared me and made me call my furnace guy to come see what's up with it!
  • Burlington, VT - Felt my gut rumbling like something fierce and decided to take a wicked dump. The quake beat me to the bowl rattling.
  • Unknown - Lowell MA (Massachusetts, 45 minutes from Boston). Sitting on second floor of old historical building with many apartments, I felt shaking and rumbling under my feet for about 10 seconds, which really alarmed me. I thought the floor was going to give way underneath me. Never experienced an earthquake before but that was my immediate impression. October 16, 2012 around 7:20 PM, give or take a few minutes.
  • Beverly, MA - tv shaking, chandelier rattling, felt like the side of house was being shaken
  • manchester nh - sitting on the curb and it started to wobble underneath me!
  • Chichester, NH - Was working on the computer when the low rumble started and my chair started shaking; lasted about 8 seconds.
  • Littleton,ma - Latest a couple seconds with very mild shaking
  • Unknown - Sitting in glass house in quechee... Everything shook including the large glas windows
  • Manchester, nh - At first I thought it was a truck or an explosion, but when it continued rocking it was clear what it was.
  • Montreal,QC - it felt as if a truck was passing by for a minute or so.
  • Reading, MA - Loud rumbling in house and dog jumps off couch barking - On 2nd floor felt like building swaying
  • Milford, MA - The ceiling fan was vibrating
  • Sudbury, MA - 7 seconds
  • Hopkinton, MA - The earth moved--about 5 seconds, 7:15-7:20ish PM.
  • Lincoln MA - It certainly took us by surprise. at first thought the cat had knocked something major over! or a tree had fallen on the house! (not unusual around here.) The large vase on the piano fell over. Biggest one i've ever felt around here...not as big as ones when i lived in Hawaii :)
  • Waitsfield, Vermont - Couldn't figure out what was happening. My bed shook rapidly. Yes, a rumbling sound. Lasted... 20 seconds?
  • Portland, Maine - We felt the rumble as if our washing machine was out of balance...
  • Concord, NH - Like a heavy truck downshifting, shuddering under a heavy load. Told hubby earthquake but he didn't believe me. Dreamed this morning of earthquake & woke thinking of which doorway would be safest to stand under, away from windows.
  • Springfield VT - around 720 shaking started, got stronger, shook the house and the couch I was sitting on! I thought it was a truck barreling down the road at first, but it kept shaking for a good 20 seconds, then slowly rumbled out.
  • Unknown - Sturbridge, MA: I was sitting in a chair with my feet tucked under me, my cat on the floor in front of me, and my daughter on a sofa across the room...I kept saying "Oh wow, oh man!...What IS THAT?! Feel that?!" The cat jumped up and was looking around, startled; my daughter said I'd probably just had too much wine at dinner...or perhaps the shaking was just a truck driving down the road--or a ghost.
  • Brunswick - House shook and it sounded like a jet taking off.
  • Marshfield, MA - 7:13 pm est, Lasted for 3 to 5 seconds. Most shaking I ever felt. At first I assumed it was furnace kicking on, but was stronger and caused the basement door to knock. Wife also felt it upstairs while sitting on bed reading.
  • westerly RI - I was on the 2nd floo of apt. Very noticible shaking..felt floor sway..and a rolling rumble for 5 or so seconds. Thought mom would be up those stairs...she felt nothing downstairs. All set with those CRAZY
  • Hartford, CT - Happened here at 7:13pm local time. My impression of duration is 10-20 seconds.
  • Littleton, MA - Around 7:15pm for about 10 seconds, thought the furnace was really acting up and then everything shook!
  • Webster, ma - lasted 10-15 seconds
  • West Brattleboro Vt - Rattling plates got out attention but the whole house shook
  • Blackstone ma - Wow , never felt one before. The house shook for 10 seconds. I had to check outside to see if there was a huge gust of wind because we weren't sure what it was
  • plymouth ma - I was reading to my brother and all of a sudden the house shook i thought the roof was caving in
  • Plattsburgh, NY - On my computer in bed watching TV and thought our German Shepherd was in bed scratching an itch. Very strange feeling!
  • Boston, MA - Felt my chair bouncing, noticed my fish's water moving
  • Richmond, ME - house shook for about 5-10 seconds, dogs growled and barked...creepy feeling
  • Salem, ma - Whole house shook 20 to30 seconds. Windows and glasses rattled. Neighbors came out to see what was going on.
  • lexington, ma - About 10 seconds worth..thought a heavy truck was driving by...
  • Bungay Lake Mansfield Ma. - Was sitting at computer when the printer started rattling as if I were printing a page. Moderate rumble outside like a large truck was passing by. Called downstairs did you feel that earthquake. Have felt earthquakes before but not for Thirty years like this one.
  • Bristol, RI - Sitting at the computer when the room started to vibrate the the windows started to shake and everything on the furniture started to vibrate!
  • Belgrade, Maine - moderate rumbling sound like the washer was off balance and very strong shaking for several seconds. Lounder, stronger and longer than the last one several years ago.
  • portland maine - good shake didnt knock anything over kind of felt like 5 18 wheelers going by my house at monce and 60 miles an hour
  • Orford, NH - Felt shake 4-5 seconds
  • Haverhill MA 01835 - I though my dog was having a seizure at the foot of my bed. It lasted 10 seconds!
  • Methuen, MA - I felt in my boots.. SHake, Rattle and roll
  • West Hartford, CT - Last about 20 secs at about 7:12pm. Shook my bed like a scene from a scary movie!
  • Somersworth,NH - My whole house started shaking for about 10 seconds
  • Marblehead MA - At about 7:15 PM the house gave a shake as the ground seemed to wrench or jerk for about 2 seconds (downstairs). The cats were alarmed. Upstairs a dresser shok enough to make a couple of bottles move.
  • South Glastonbury, CT - Around 7:15 PM, the house shook briefly but a definite shaking. Lasted approximately 10-15 seconds. Very unusual for around here.
  • biddeford, maine - loud boom- I thought something big had fallen in my basement or outside by my house thought I see a crack in my basement floor, but didn't
  • Centereach, NY - Bed and furniture vibrated for about ten seconds. If not for the earthquake last year as a point of comparison, I probably would not have even noticed-it could have just as easily been the people downstairs moving furniture around.
  • Cumberland, RI - Felt it for 5 seconds
  • Wakefield Mass - The lamps and glass shook pretty good. Rumbling sound like train going buy the house.
  • Unknown - Felt it while I was sitting on my couch. I told my husband to stop shaking his leg. LOL
  • Milan NH - Felt like the spin cycle on the washing machine
  • Buckland, MA - tremors in house..... bookshelves creaking
  • Lisbon, Maine - Only the second earthquake that I have experienced, the first was a 3.x in Mars Hill, Maine sometime around '76-'78. Sounded like a locomotive rolling through then ... earily ... felt like that again for 8-10 seconds here in Lisbon, ME. I hope this is an infrequent event. Take Care All (& look in on older folks.)
  • Gray, Maine - shaking lasted a full minute while cooking pasta, dishes rattled, rumble last longer and sounded like it would start shaking harder but it did not. cell phones would not send text messages for 15 minutes afterwards
  • Framingham, MA - Sitting on the couch and the house shifted and the floor started to vibrate
  • West Newton, MA - I was sitting in the kitchen and the whole house jumped and rolled and thudded. The unbalanced washing machine analogy is apt. My sleeping cat jumped up and looked all around.
  • Ossipee, NH - The whole house shook for about 10 seconds. It was 7:09pm est. It sounded like bass speakers turned up real loud..
  • Durham, Maine 04222 - Heard a rumbling and all the china on the shelves in the kitchen rattled. Felt the floor move under my feet. Then it rattled away. Probably 10 seconds. All the people in the house, on all the 3 floors (basement, 1st & second) felt it. We all congregated in the kitchen (1st floor) saying "what was that????).
  • Methuen, MA - Watching TV and felt the house shake for a few seconds. Not enough to really rattle anything.
  • Beverly, MA - Felt like a single sharp jolt, like going off a cliff - made me want to vote for Romney.
  • Brunswick,ME - I heard it but did not feel it; not as strong as the earthquake of summer 2011 which I experienced at Camp Ellis, ME.
  • n yarmouth - in the middle of yoga class, moderate shaking - like a big rumble or plane overhead but without plane noise. Dog freaked out too. about 10 seconds.
  • Springvale Maine - It just shook the apartment nothing serious
  • Easton Massachusetts - Windows, glasses, pictures shook, dog barked
  • Brookfield, MA 01506 - We moved back from Yokohama, Japan in March, 2011. Wife is Japanese national. I lived there from 2003 to 2011. Very used to being in large earthquakes and we were in the 3/11/2011 earthquake. Thus, we have experience being in earthquakes. We were surprised by the earthquake this evening. It was substantial for the East Coast and raised our eyebrows to say the least. I would say borderline IV to V and I would say that we would have felt it outside.
  • acton maine - felt it... enough to throw equilibrium off and felt dizzy... made me and my son both stumble as i was trying to figure it out... def not the first but the worst one ive ever felt.. :( my poor son is still pretty shook up... phones ur out at some family members took a few to get through... pprob lasted about 15-20 secs
  • Norwell, Massachusetts - I felt light to moderate shaking. probably felt it more because I was upstairs. my bed shook. the windows rattled a bit. shaking could have lasted 5-10 seconds. I was kind of in a daze when it happened, and the quake kind of jolted me awake. wasn't entirely sure it was an earthquake until some one mentioned it at KFC when i went to go get some dinner. second earthquake i've felt in my life.
  • Acton, MA - 7:13 heard shaking in house, as if a breeze coming through, two seconds at most, cats reacted
  • Center Barnstead - Sounded like a Semi Truck going down the road.It got louder and stronger. lasted about 25-30 seconds.
  • South Portland, ME - Definitely felt it. Strong rumbling.
  • belchertown mass - sitting on the couch and felt the wiggle....
  • Cambridge, MA - Felt it, heard it, and saw my plant on the table teeter totter!
  • Unknown - chairs jumped up a ittle bit on 15th floor
  • woodstock VT - Watching tv the couch started to shake, seemed like the hwole house shook. Lasted about 15 seconds. No damage or injuries here but adrenaline took off.
  • Duxbury,Ma - On my computer and everything was shaking. Lasted around 15 seconds around 7:12pm
  • Ayer, MA - My entire house started shaking, and all around me too!
  • Thetford Center, VT - Everything in the house was rattling and banging...
  • Milford, NH - More noise than anything. A very loud "BANG" and the sensation that a heavy logging truck had passed by at a high rate of speed.
  • Brattleboro VT - Deep rumble. Heard more than felt it.
  • south portland, ME - very short, but you could definitely feel it. was the first one i ever felt, and was really cool actually
  • 03279 - Heard the rumbling; got louder, then the creaking and light shaking. Some papers fell off a shelf. We both said: "Earthquake!" After shocks? No thanks.
  • d racut mass - felt very warm intense hours before like being in a desert then strong "wind" shake came
  • York ME - It was sounded like a plane was flying to low and felt like the window where going to burst .
  • North reading, ma - Shaking similar to a crane ball hitting the ground right outside, repetitively for about 15 seconds. Sound like rumbling thunder.
  • Weare NH - Could hear the log walls creaking. Shook for about 20 seconds.
  • Alstead, nh - Wasn't sure what was happening. Whole house rattled...of course my husband in the same room didn't notice....
  • uxbridge,mass - Fishtank water started making small waves ceiling fan moved slightly
  • Unknown - Hooksett, NH Rattled my door so I thought someone was knocking for about 10 seconds, and both my husband and daughter felt it shake them in their seats. Talked with my mom and stepfather in Sabattus Maine and they heard the boom and felt the house shake.
  • Central Massachusetts - House shook for a few seconds
  • 05301 - Sitting on couch, thought washing machine was unbalanced, about 10 seconds but 2 separate occasions one right after the other.
  • langdon, NH - sitting in finished basement and felt my recliner shake and thought huge trucks must be rumbling by or low flying plane..lasted about ten seconds..
  • Salem MA - Thought there was a low flying plane next to my house
  • Methuen,MA - Lasted about 10 to 12 seconds... computer started shaking and then the whole house it was freaky
  • Seabrook, NH - Rocked the whole house. Felt like a semi was going to come through the living room. Last 10 seconds or so.
  • ludlow vt - lasted about 15-20s. vibrated like the clothes washer took over the house
  • Saxtons River, VT - At 7:14 pm the entire brick building we live in shook for about 8 seconds; very strange feeling!
  • waterville, Me - though trailer truck was going to swerve and hit guard rail. I didn't know what was happening then cell phone wouldn't get reception. How exciting
  • Byfield,Ma. - It went on for around 10-15 seconds...seemed longer though.I thought either a tree had fallen on our house,or our furnace was destroyed.
  • Kittery, ME - walking the dog and the dog alerted! wasn't sure what was going on. very weird.
  • Merrimack, NH - My whole house was shaking, light fixtures were swaying. The fish tank even lost some water.
  • poughkeepsie, ny - searching the internet when the computer desk and chair felt wobbley. Called my husband who thought I was crazy! Looked it up on the internet and was surprised to find out it was true!
  • Winchendon, MA - Sounded like a Life Flight chopper was landing in my front yard'
  • Auburn, Maine - 6 unit townhouse condo building shook for about 15 seconds. Thought the LifeFlight helicopter had just landed in my parking lot after flying low over the condo. Ran outside, but realized by then it was a quake. No damage.
  • Derry, NH - moderate shaking for 10+ seconds. The neighbors were outside directly after to share the experience. Its rare to feel in this area and was wonderful!
  • Chester, VT - Definite rumble for about 5 seconds
  • Mansfield MA. - Was in basement and heard Dogs start barking upstairs followed by some short light shaking lasting no longer than 10 seconds.
  • Salem, ma - The entire house shook and rumbled and I watched every picture on the walls shake...I thought they would all fall off and thought we may have an explosion in the basement.
  • Queens, NY - I live in a 4th floor apt. I was sitting on the edge of my bed and all of a sudden my bed and floor were bouncing, I jumped up and check to see if it was a Truck but it wasn't and my brother felt it in the living room, it was crazy and the first time I've ever felt an Earthquake
  • Deerfield, NH - Sitting on the couch and felt a sudden shudder, then heard a lengthy rumbling; unsure if it was a logging truck out on the road! Neighbor was unable to text as noted by others.
  • Wethersfield, CT - My husband felt it and saw it in one room of our house. The lamps shook. I was in an adjacent room and only HEARD the lamps shaking. When I heard the sounds, the dog barking and him calling me, I assumed someone was at the door and he wanted me to answer it. I was wrong!
  • Marshfield, Ma 02050 - While sitting at the computer at 7:12 pm I felt the house rumbling and a sound like clattering through the house and on the roof. It lasted for about 5 - 6 seconds.
  • New Milford, CT - Was taking a shower...thought the dogs were having a rumble causing the shaking. 10-15 seconds..nothing major. Have felt worse in CT.
  • Franklin, NH - Slight shaking for about 15 or so seconds.
  • Brewster, NY, USA - My step son had picked up his cat and run into the kitchen just as the quake occurred. I asked him to repeat his entry but to no avail. Having lived in california for 20 years I know what a quake feels like and this was definitely a quake. Just after 7:20 or so.
  • Mattituck New York - House is on Peconic Bay and shook 10 seconds or so as if hurricane level wind was hitting the house (the air was still)
  • South Portland, MA - South Portland, Maine - 7:15 cooking dinner and all of sudden we hear what sounded like a low flying jet ready to crash and we begin tearing through the house when the floors begin shaking around 10 secs. While in the panic of trying to get news, my mother in Nashua NH calls and asks if we are ok and tells us we just had an earthquake centered around Hollis, ME Twenty minutes later we still had no news on our own stations!! My sister in Nashua also felt it.
  • Derry, NH - Only felt on 3rd floor of the hospital building I was in. We could hear items clanking together but nothing fell or cracked. It lasted only a few seconds. Afterward we all looked around at each other and decided it was an earthquake.
  • Chester, NH - Very loud long boom at around 3 PM Then around 7PM very loud rumbling,house and chair I was sitting in shook for 10-12 sec. Will check chimneys for cracks before lighting fire.We are 50 miles SSW of epi center.
  • South Berwick ME - Whole house shook for about 10 seconds. Nothing fell.
  • Chester, NH - 50 mil SSW of epi ctr. Entire 2 story house shook, Very loud rumbling. Earlier around 3PM vey loud longer than normal boom also shook house. It was not a sonic boom.
  • Plainfield, NJ - Lying on the couch I felt it sway from side to side several times...a subtle movement...in Central New Jersey!
  • Sanford, ME - Started as a slow rumble like an off balance washing machine for about 5 seconds then a loud boom and the entire house shook like a car ran into it. Checking for damage in the morning.
  • auburn, nh - Felt the floor shaking for about 5-10 seconds. Strong enough to walk to to the door to get out of the house.
  • Bristol - bgristol conn. felt it lasted about 15 seconds. picture was shaking on the end table thouth my eyes were playing tricks on me then felt shaking
  • Augusta Maine - Strongest I ve ever felt in a Maine earthquake. The whole house shook, dishes rattled in the cupboards. Lasted probably 20 seconds.
  • waltham ma - My bed shook a couple of times 7pm I thought it was a heart attack!
  • Boscawen, NH - The first EQ that felt like it "should" vibration like rock faces rubbing across each other, low pithced rumble extending into infrasonic. I estimated 7 seconds shaking, but couldn't sense direction. Daughter upstairs said from the east, wife on sofa noticed nothing.
  • New Ipswich NH - the house shook I was on the phone it was 7:14 pm hung up phone I knew it was an earthquake went out on my front porch and I also heard a deep rumble lasted about 12 seconds. Phone was out for app 10 mins. after
  • Dover nh - At first it sounded like a semi tracker trailer coming up my dead end street, then it sounded like a train and the shaking began. It rattled my home for at least 15-20 seconds. My sister and mother in Danvers Mass felt it as well.
  • Gilsum NH - The door to the room vibrated loudly, the walls buzzed as well. Low rumbly sound. Lasted maybe 30 seconds.
  • Raymond, NH - Was sitting on couch and suddenly felt a mild vibration and heard a loud rumbling noise outside. Thought it was a car going by with it's stereo/bass blasted, but something just didn't seem right. It lasted approx 8-10 sec, noted the time exactly 7:12.
  • Cumberland, RI - The shaking occurred about 7:12PM. The shaking lasted about 5-10 seconds. The house was vibrating and the vibrations came up through the chair I was sitting in.
  • Cape ELizabeth, ME - at first sounded like a jet was flying really low, but then everything started shaking. I jump up thinking something in the basement was about to explode. Very strange feeling, I ran outside and half of the neighborhood was outside talking about it. Dogs barking everywhere!!
  • S. Berwick, ME - Seemed like an out of balance washer (which wasn't running at the time) or a large truck driving by (no vehicles around).
  • Ripton, Vermont - Roiling/shaking for about a minute.
  • Provincetown, MA - About 3 or 4 seconds; felt like strong wind was trying to move the house.
  • winchendon mass - my whole house was shaking I thought my windows were going to blow out. it was loud and scarey!
  • Buxton, Maine - My three year old with wide eyes asked what was that? I thought the furnace had blown up or we were having an earthquake. My son said if felt like a big truck was hitting the house.
  • Mansfield, MA - the chair i was sitting in started to shake and things were rattling in every room. Lasted about 5 seconds and really shook me up.
  • Quincy, MA - On the 3rd floor of a public library
  • manchester, nh - i was with my sisters boyfriend looking after my niece with him and the entire house started shaking. everyone on the block was freaking out. it shook my sisters tv to the point it looked like it was walking. it also knocked down the chimney to the building as well
  • Carver MA - very slight shaking
  • Gilford NH - Dogs started barking just prior to the shaking and then got louder and house sits on a slab and definantely could feel the vibration on the floor and it got louded about 20 + seconds, glasses on table shook nothing broke
  • Groton, NH - Felt awesome
  • Somerville, ME - I was standing in the kitchen of my 200+year old home with some of the foundation is stone. I felt like house/floor was shaking, but stronger than when a large truck goes by. I have never felt anything like this Maine before. I was afraid some of foundation had suddenly collapsed. I did not realize it was an earthquake until hearing the new the next morning
  • Brunswick - This is the third earth quake I have felt in maine since moving into my home off of River Road in Brunswick..My neighbors seems not to get the same shaking my house gets..also my cat went missing 10 days before the quake this has happened before..animals in house also acting strange
  • SANDWICH,MA - WAS ON COMPUTER ABOUT 7:15 WHEN THE WATER ON DESK AND ROOM STARTED SHAKING AND THE A HEARD LIKE A CRACK NEAR THE CLOSET DOOR LASTED ABOUT WHAT SEEMED 5 MIN,I CALLED A NEIGHBOR NEXT STREET OVER SHE NEVER FELT A THING, 10 MIN LATER ON THE NEWS
  • Westport MA - For about 10 seconds everything in the house started shaking, but nothing major.
  • Forest Hills, NY - I felt the sofa I was sitting in swaying for about 6 to 7 seconds and heard the wind chimes simultaneously although the windows were closed. That's when I knew it was a tremor. I called family members who live close by but no one felt anything. I did not hear anything about the earthquake in NYC radio stations.
  • Sanford, ME - If you took a 767, placed it on the roof of my house and went full throttle, that is what it was like. Shaking for min 10 seconds and extremely loud. Very loud. Some damage to two door frames, tree down in back woods. This was my fifth quake, and by far, the strongest as I was over the epicenter. Amazingly loud!!! At first, I thought plane was crashing near me, since I Live near airport.
  • Guilford CT - Sitting at the kitchen table eating and the table started shaking and lasted about 20 seconds.
  • Hollis, Maine - House shook for 10 seconds maybe and then a HUGE BOOM like an explosion, very frightening.
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    GEOFON Kuril Islands Oct 16 13:07 4.7 57 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kuril Islands Oct 16 13:07 4.7 58 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kuril Islands Oct 16 12:41 5.6 80 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Kuril Islands Oct 16 12:41 5.5 78 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kuril Islands Oct 16 12:41 5.9 80 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kuril Islands Oct 16 12:41 5.6 64 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region Oct 16 12:31 4.9 39 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Izu Islands, Japan Region Oct 16 12:31 4.9 43 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southeast Of Honshu, Japan Oct 16 12:31 5.0 37 MAP I Felt It
    ER I Felt A (not Listed) Earthquake Oct 16 12:00 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Central Turkey Oct 16 10:25 4.6 26 MAP I Felt It
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  • GEOFON Turkey Oct 16 10:25 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central Turkey Oct 16 10:25 4.5 39 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Iran Oct 16 04:23 4.3 8 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Northwestern Iran Oct 16 04:15 4.5 32 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Izu Islands, Japan Region Oct 16 02:03 5.4 102 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region Oct 16 02:03 5.4 98 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southeast Of Honshu, Japan Oct 16 02:03 5.2 104 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Turkey Oct 16 01:16 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Central Turkey Oct 16 01:16 4.4 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central Turkey Oct 16 01:16 4.4 9 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Mid Indian Ridge Oct 16 00:16 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Mid-indian Ridge Oct 16 00:16 4.8 33 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Mid-indian Ridge Oct 16 00:16 5.0 9 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy :  USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

    Earthquakes occurred yesterday (UTC time), but today local time

    Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Oct 15 21:47 PM M 4.7 Depth 66.4 km

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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    Comments

    1. kathy marciniak says:

      Did a earthquake cause a 35ft tidal wave along the jersey shore during Hurricane Sandy….I beleive it did..

    2. Sue-Ann says:

      I live in the Lakes Region of NH and my house sits on a slab ……..definantely felt it however I also was at home when a 3.1 quake centered around the Concord Nh area happened in the past. This DEFINATELY was much much stronger……………

    3. roxana says:

      Just curious…..I know that some folks I was with last night (a little after 7 pm, Oct. 16) felt the earthquake (we were in Northampton, MA),…..But I am wondering if there was another one right about at midnight of Oct.16 into the 17th? I was sitting at my computer and felt the floor and table shake and saw the lamp shake…..about 4 “bumps” or so,….whoa. I didn’t even notice the earlier one,…but definitely felt like one at this time! Was there actually an earthquake at this time? (Near Greenfield, Ma)

      • Armand Vervaeck says:

        We could not find a quake which was stronger than M2.5, which we consider as being felt by most people.

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