On Tuesday evening, people all over the Boston area felt a 4.6 magnitude earthquake that was recorded in southern Maine, near the town of Hollis Center. The epicenter was about 13 miles inland from the coast.
Earthquakes are fairly uncommon in New England, but they aren't unheard of. This page on the U.S. Geological Survey website notes that there are nearly 400 years of recorded earthquakes in the Boston area.
Personally, I remember another moderate earthquake briefly rattling the North Shore area one day back around 2000 or so, and until Tuesday night, that was pretty much my only experience with earthquakes.
So did you feel the earthquake in your neighborhood on Tuesday night?
UPDATE, 9 p.m. - The US Geological Survey has downgraded the magnitude from 4.5 to 4.0.
Gov. Deval Patrick released a statement around 8:45 p.m. this evening:
"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.
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."