Arlington Reacts to 4.0 Maine Earthquake

Many residents said they felt small tremors here in town, did you? Please share your experience by posting a comment below.

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.


Did you feel the earthquake? Please share your experience by posting a comment below.


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.

See more reactions to the earthquake on the Arlington Patch Facebook page, and sign up for Arlington Patch’s breaking news alerts to receive email notifications when news breaks.

LizC October 16, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Absolutely! It felt like the T was running right under our house!
Maggie Jackson October 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM
The whole house pitched and swayed!
John Waller (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I thought it might've been the wind, then I looked outside and all of the trees were still.
John October 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM
My son on the back porch felt it, but in the house we felt nothing.
Sally B October 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Yes! We did on Beacon Street. Pretty cool
Andrew Fischer October 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I was in the basement, and it was quite a shake that I felt. Andrew
KEN D... October 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Yes I felt it thought it might be the wind, the folks upstairs, or a truck going by.
Mary Bonaparte-Cerone October 16, 2012 at 11:52 PM
The night the balcony shook at the Regent Theatre! Leland was starting a movie and the balcony shook twice for about 10 seconds each tremor with a slight pause between the two. The screen shook too!
Neil F. Wetherbee, Sr. October 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Tim October 17, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I just thought It was a T BUS I guess I was wrong. Any way we can ban EarthQuakes in Arlington??
robert bartholomew October 17, 2012 at 12:08 AM
MIA, at 208 Mystic St. was " Shaking all over"
Cube October 17, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I did not feel it but a person on the phone knew it was an earth quake right away.
L Klosterman October 17, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Felt like a huge vibration in our house adjacent the rock formation at Menotomy rocks park. - LK
Becky White October 17, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Yes, we were both sitting on couches and felt serious tremors, couches shaking!
Susan Ruderman October 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Yes, but I was in Medford when I felt it. I was pretty certain that it was an earthquake after experiencing the one we had a few years ago.
Old Lady October 17, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I did NOT feel the earthquake.
Drew October 17, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I was having dinner in my kitchen in a seven story brick building on Mystic St and the whole apartment shook! I thought the boiler had exploded or something.
Drew October 17, 2012 at 12:32 AM
You are halarious!
Wind Dummy 25 October 17, 2012 at 01:13 AM
We use to get these low tumblers all the time in southwest Asia...Worst were the rock slides and every radar dish in the country would be knocked out of alignment...Especially AFN and always during NFL re- broadcasts!! Felt nothing here at the Holiday hacienda.
Sean October 17, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I was in Medford when it happened. I didn't feel anything because I was too busy having conversation with my friend in sign language :)
Charlene Cormier October 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I had no idea there was an earthquake till I heard the news on the radio this morning on the way to work. But I did feel the tremor. I thought it was a truck passing by. There was a tremor, with a slight pause then another one. Wild!
Tim October 17, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Robberies , assaults , flashers, and druggies And now EARTHQUAKES .... Arlington in falling apart ...
Tim October 17, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Hey I see Deval wrote there was no damage . Has anyone seen Deval ???
Wind Dummy 25 October 17, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Probably in a FEMA bunker Tim...Trying to look presidential by checking his shorts.
Elaine G October 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I felt the earthquake. I live in the Pond Lane area in a large building. I felt the one last year and it was one of the most frightening moments of my life. I happened to be walking around my place at the time. This time I was sitting at my dining table talking on the phone and thought something had happened in the building. My next door neighbor has been moving out and thought it might be related to that. While talking to my friend, she felt it a few moments later. She is also in Arlington. I realized it probably was another quake and checking the news awhile later confirmed it.
Elaine G October 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Can we ever have a serious discussion without these political pot shots. It is so tiring.
Tim October 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM
You should see if you can ban Earthquakes .. By the way have you seen Deval ??
yukon jack October 18, 2012 at 03:31 PM
That is too funny, Earthquakes banned, whats next?


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