Earthquake Felt in Stoughton Centered in Southern Maine

The U.S. Geological Survey indicates that the quake was a 4.0 and centered in Southern Maine.

At 7:12 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, an earthquake in Southern Maine resonated all the way to the Boston area, including Stoughton.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake was in Lake Arrowhead, ME, about 20 miles west of Portland, ME, and registered a 4.0 on the Richter Scale (initial reports indicated a 4.6).

The epicenter was about 92 miles from Boston.

Twitter and Facebook reports indicate that the effects were felt in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well.

The Stoughton Fire Department did not report any injuries or damage in town, however.

Still, Stoughton residents reporting feeling a "rumbling" or "shaking" sensation.

"I thought my son was shaking my chair then I saw him in the other room!," Mike Mauriello tweeted to Stoughton Patch.

"My whole kitchen was shaking," Patricia Colburn wrote on the Stoughton Patch Facebook page.

The Board of Selectmen meeting went on uninterrupted on the third floor of the Stoughton Town Hall - the quake was not felt up in the Great Hall.

"I think the explosion on my [Twitter] timeline was greater than the actual earthquake," Tyler Bates tweeted to Stoughton Patch. 

For more information about tectonic activity in New England, check out the US Geological Survey's information page.

Did you feel the earthquake in Stoughton? Let us know in the comments section.

linda pearl October 17, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I was reading on the bed, leaning against the headboard,and the entire house shook. The headboard really shook too.
Theresa Homsey October 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM
I was sitting at my computer and felt the whole room shake. I turned around thinking it was the dog or something. I sat and listened and looked and then read about it on Facebook from everybody else and then on the News. It was very strange and a little scary.
Fiscal Conservative October 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM
We're doomed, only 66 days til December 21, 2012.
Gail October 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I, too, was sitting here at the computer and felt the whole room shaking. This was different from the one last year, when my whole house was swaying back and forth. But, my husband was sitting in the living room at the other end of the house and said he didn't feel it! But, he was sitting in a rocking chair. Went downstairs and my cat was sitting in the middle of the bed looking up at the ceiling!
Snyder's Stoughton October 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I was typing my column when my bed flew into the sky. I landed on a wicked witch in the land of Oz. There was some crazy girl named Dorothy Gale there, and a scarecrow, cowardly lion and a tin woodsman. Luckily, a moment later, images of my editor crawled in my head, and I found myself back on my computer typing. There's no place like home.


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