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4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rumbles Through Tewksbury

Earthquake was centered approximately 30 miles west of Portland, Maine.

UPDATED 8:52 p.m.

(Editor's note: The USGS originally measured the earthquake as a 4.6 magnitude. As of 8:30 p.m. it was downgraded to 4.0 magnitude. The article has been updated accordingly.)

An earthquake centered in Maine was felt throughout the Merrimack
Valley Tuesday evening.

The US Geological Survey reports the earthquake was measured at a 4.0 magnitude with an epicenter west of Hollis Center, Maine.

The quake struck at 7:12 p.m. The depth of the quake was approximately 3.1 miles.

Police Chief Timothy Sheehan said a Code Red announcement will be made shortly.

He also asked that 911 be reserved for true emergency situations and that the department business line 978-640-4381, be used for regular inquiries.

The quake struck as a Board of Selectmen meeting was going on in Town Hall. The building shook for approximately five seconds, as did Police Headquarters. Residents all over town reported their homes shaking violently, though no damage or injuries have been reported.

"Right now we're just looking to gather more information," said Sheehan. "People don't need to panic. We'll get a Red Alert notifcation out soon."

In a press release, Gov. Deval Patrick said the quake had done nothing more than grab residents' attention.

"Many Massachusetts residents felt the effects of an earthquake tonight. According to MEMA, which is monitoring events and has briefed me, the quake was centered some 30 miles outside of Portland, Maine," said Patrick. "So far, we have no reports of injury or damage in Massachusetts. MEMA will continue to monitor the situation closely. Residents should use caution if they encounter any damage and take a minute to check in on neighbors, family and friends."

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TimW October 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM
We were sitting down for dinner and felt it. That was pretty cool. First time I've ever felt an earthquake.
Linda Harry October 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM
We live on main St and it felt like a large truck going by except it lasted for about 20 seconds
Mike Hunt October 17, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Ya it did feal like a truck was going by I was wondering what that was
Robert L Homeyer October 17, 2012 at 09:08 AM
I was at the library with the rest of the Library Trustees when the table began shaking. It seemed like a large truck was going by. A few minutes later my wife Cheryl texted stating we just had an earthquake. That was the first one I had ever felt. It was cool. My neice lives in Sacco, Maine and she stated it was fairly intense and pretty scary.
Proctor3 October 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM
My mom and I were in Chelmsford in the waiting room waiting for me to go in and get my M.R.I. We were the only ones in the room, we wasn't sure what it was but we didn't think to much of it. It crossed my mind that it could be an earth quake, yet I thought earth quakes don't happen in Massachusetts. It was quiet the experiance.
Bob October 17, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I read somewhere that Maine was in the top 20 of states with earthquakes. They are just so small that we rarely feel them.

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