Small tremors were felt in Arlington and throughout New England Tuesday night after a 4.0-magnitude earthquake, with an epicenter in southern Maine, occurred at about 7:12 p.m.
Initial reports from the U.S. Geological Survey had the quake as high as 4.6 on the Richter scale. However, those reports were downgraded later in the night.
The earthquake’s epicenter was a few miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, which is about 20 miles west of Portland, and three miles deep, according to the survey.
After the quake, Arlington residents took to social media.
“I could hear it AND feel it!! Shook my whole house! WOW!” Susan Urichuk Russian wrote on the Arlington Patch Facebook page.
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Holly Lebowitz Rossi added, “Definitely felt it; our dishes rattled in the cupboards.”
A few residents, not used to the sensation of earthquakes, said they thought it was a “big truck” going by at first.
“Thought it was a BIG truck rumbling by … in our quiet neighborhood … dogs were going crazy!” Susan Wagner-Jenkins wrote.
Many residents said it was the first time they had felt an earthquake.
Last Aug. 23, a 5.8 earthquake in Virginia was felt by some Arlington residents as well.
Not everyone felt the quake this time around either.
“I am happy to say the Robbins Library is a very sturdy building, didn’t feel a thing!” Mary Hatch wrote.
There were no reports of injury or damage in Massachusetts, according to Gov. Deval Patrick.
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