Small Earthquake In Maine Felt All Over New England

By: CBS News (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: CBS News (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(CBS News) New Englanders were shaken late Tuesday by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake centered about three miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, or about 52 east-northeast of Concord, New Hampshire.

The USGS says it took place about 7:12 p.m. local time. It was originally reported to be a 4.6 magnitude, but was later downgraded.

Residents all across Massachusetts report that their homes were shaking, but there are no reports of any major damage, reports CBS affiliate WBZ in Boston. CBS' Maine affiliates are also not reporting any major damage.

Last August, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia was felt all the way up the east coast.

The USGS reports: "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."

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