WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It's both the talk of the town and the buzz of the blogosphere: an earthquake that rattled the dishes in many homes across western Massachusetts.
It's fairly uncommon to have noticable earthquakes in New England, but it reminded people that earthquakes aren't just for the West Coast.
The earthquake is being talked about at local donut shops, and if you stop at the water cooler at work, you'll probably hear about it there too.
The Maine Earthquake is trending on Twitter and is likely at the top of your newsfeed on Facebook.
At 7:15PM Tuesday, a 4.0-Magnitude quake struck. The epicenter of the quake was in Hollis Center, Maine, which is near the town of Waterboro. Though it happened hundreds of miles away, it could still be felt in western Massachusetts, and indeed as far away as southern Connecticut.
"I was sitting at my dining table talking on my cell phone with a friend and we both felt it. It was strong," said Maggie, who sent it a ReportIt e-mail to 22News.
And here's a comment from Elaine from our 22News Facebook page:
"I Felt the quake in West Spfld for about 10 seconds. Long enough that I asked my friend what was that? He said, just a truck going by. My response was that must have been one big truck."
Efrain 22News, "I was in class at S.T.C.C and our building was shaking. It was visible from the windows desks and chairs.
Kellie Reid told 22News, "I live in Indian Orchard on the third floor and I felt the quake. My lamp shades were rattling."
There were no reports of damage or injuries in the quake.
Last year's earthquake in northern Virginia that damaged the Washington Monument was a much stronger quake, measuring at 5.8 in magnitude.
According to the United States Geological Survey, earthquakes in our region are not common, but they do happen. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike somewhere in the region every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt roughly twice a year.
If you felt the earthquake, let the US Geological Survey know using their website at usgs.gov