Earthquake Rattles the Northeast Tuesday

By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
October 19, 2012; 5:47 AM
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A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rattled New England Tuesday evening.

Originating in southeastern Maine, the quake was originally believed to have a magnitude of 4.6. It was later downgraded to its current status.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the quake originated 6 km from Hollis Center, Maine, at a depth of 3.1 miles.

"People in New England, and in its geological extension southward through Long Island, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones since colonial times," the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its site.

The earthquake was felt across Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and even as far south as Long Island.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The unexpected quake has become a trending topic across Twitter and other forms of social media, however.

Social World: The Quake vs. the Debate

Despite confirmation from the U.S. Geological Survey, many took to social media to report that they had felt, or not felt the quake:

Storified by Accu Weather · Tue, Oct 16 2012 18:59:15

Remember that time we got hit by an earthquake? Yeah me neitherMike Coffey
RT @alllyourfriends: We Will Rebuild. #EarthQuake http://pic.twitter.com/OnFTaMdOLeah†
RT @RogueWave_: Late to the earthquake party... Didn't even realize it happened and kind of upset I didn't feel itjordan lachance
#earthquake, Can somebody let us know when it's safe?.. http://pic.twitter.com/SWghSrx7Ray Chapman
But, as is typical in the social world, the presidential debate regained the spotlight shortly after the event:
I think the odds that Romney wins a debate twice in a row are as likely as an earthquake hitting Boston tonight.Ari Fleischer
RT @britt_grondin: Ok earthquake and Romney blowing up my timelineMeg
RT @theericpedicone: K we need another earthquake to hit so I can see tweets applying to something other then this debate...Alyssa Detz
it's like everyone was so hyped about the earthquake and now they're on to talking about the debate #theworldoftwitterMoriah Ben-Ami

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