Tuesday, October 16, 2012

'Extremely rare' magnitude 4.6 earthquake shakes New Hampshire, region

DOVER -- The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred in southwestern Maine early Tuesday evening, rumbling residents in New Hampshire and as far away as Massachusetts and Vermont.

The earthquake was recorded at 7:12 p.m., according to a posting on the USGS website. The epicenter was about 13 miles northwest of Biddeford, Maine. The earthquake was felt at least 48 miles away in Concord, N.H.

Mike Kistner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said Tuesday's earthquake occurred 17 miles underground. He said a "moderate" earthquake like Tuesday night's event only takes place in New England once every few decades.

"They're extremely rare for this region, but they can happen," he said.

Reports were streaming into Foster's Tuesday from residents around the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Maine.

Some folks online said it was felt as far south as Boston, Massachusetts. I was at the computer, actually posting a reply to a thread regarding end times things and felt it. At first I thought a big logging truck was speeding past the house, but the shaking was SO strong and lasted much longer than it would take a truck to pass the house! My monitor and everything on my desk was shaking and this was only a 4.6!!! I can't imagine what a more severe quake would feel like ... but I tell ya, makes me know that when the Warning/Illumination comes, it will be just as sudden. I was SO shocked by it, that when it was happening, it was hard to process it ... 

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