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October 16, 2012

Tremors Open Thread

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OK, anyone feel that? I did.

Did the earth move for you? I was at my fridge (yeah, my initial reaction was get the hell away from it!). Of course, it seemed minor, but what did you experience? Freaked my dogs right the heck out.

Update: USGS is saying it was a 4.5 4.0 magnitude, 6km SSW of Lake Arrowhead, Maine.

21 Responses to “Tremors Open Thread”

  1. MD Says:

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    OMG … I felt it and it scared us to death! I said if that was a minor earthquake, I don’t ever want to experience a major one! My whole house shook!! Twice. Briefly, but wild, just the same! Called my neighbor. He jumped right up, thought a car struck his house!

  2. Joe S. Says:

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    Yes, and it was pretty strong for this area - 7:13 pm

  3. Joe S. Says:

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    4.5 earthquake, 6km SSW of Lake Arrowhead, Maine. Oct 16 19:12 at epicenter (4m ago, depth 27km).

  4. Lynne Says:

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    I hope you guys realize what I go through for you all…jumping on twitter and LiL cost me my *dinner*!!

    Just what my dogs need, an earthquake followed by smoke alarms. ;-P

  5. Lynne Says:

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    The last time our house shook, it was some giant piece of earth moving equipment they were bringing down my street…sort of a long, low rumbling and shaking. This was totally different! At first that’s what I thought it was though, til I realized it was rattling stuff in my house a lot more and even the stuff in front of my in my open fridge was rattling.

    Yeah, kinda scary, especially how it set off the dogs.

  6. MD Says:

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    Thanks, Lynne! You’re very dedicated! I went right to LiL because I knew I’d get an answer here!

  7. Lynne Says:

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    LOL. Well it was such a unique experience (I once was told we had one in my hometown when I was a kid but I never felt it, and others I always seem to miss) I had to post something. :)

  8. Prince Charming Says:

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    I’m glad the house shook twice. I didn’t believe the first one.

  9. Lynne Says:

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    A lot of people are saying that!

    I didn’t realize it was twice…how long between shakes? I was busy trying to back out of the fridge and get out of my kitchen to observe.

  10. Paul@01852 Says:

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    The geologists have downgraded the magnitude to 4.0 from 4.6 it was initially. I only felt one tremor here but it lasted 2-3 full seconds. I could also hear a low rumbling and put together with the tremor I thought at first like Lynne that it was a large truck until i realized my whole house was shaking and the chandelier was rocking back and forth!

  11. Tim Little Says:

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    I thought I was just having an especially good meditation ;-)
    Seriously, tho, I didn’t notice a thing….

  12. denband Says:

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    I didn,t feel a thing…someone told me about it….Where I live on the main street…heavy truck goes by…I am glad I didn,t feel a thing….Hope it will never happen again…

  13. joe from Lowell Says:

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    I just assumed it was my usual DTs.

  14. Tim Little Says:

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    Checking the timing, it looks like I must have been crossing the Rourke bridge when the quake hit. Didn’t feel anything out of the ordinary — which in retrospect is actually quite disturbing on a number of levels.

  15. Lynne Says:

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    It’s either reassuring, OR disturbing, not sure which, Tim!

  16. Jack Says:

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    The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.0 magnitude quake hit around 7:12 p.m. and its epicenter, about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, was about 3 miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland. The quake was first estimated to be 4.6 magnitude but was later downgraded.

    Republican Senator Scott Brown immediately called for an investigation into what he called, “false reports by the USGS.” In a prepared statement, Brown said,”It is imperitive that the USGS not recklessly release unsubstantiated data that could cause widespread panic and concern. The USGS assumes it’s hegemony in all things “geological,” funded by its big government, fat cat sponsors, on the backs of hard working American taxpayers, can just proclaim the strength of earthquakes, as it sees fit. This sort of thing only happens when there are no countervaling “free market” forces to press the USGS to be more timely with accurate assessments.”

    When the reporter pool pushed with follow up questions. Brown turned away, received a lollipop by media guru Eric Fehrnstrom and sped off in a waiting SUV.

  17. Paul@01852 Says:

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    Was the lollipop a reward for being able to follow orders in talking to the media? Or was it to palliate someone upset by the “violent” shaking?

  18. Jack Says:

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    Either way, it’s a “Pavlovian trigger.”

  19. Michael Straw Says:

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    Rodney Elliot has a motion on the agenda to ask the IG to investigate whether or not Manager Lynch had council approval to cause an earthquake. Ed Kennedy wants a copy of the USGS printout and he has also requested printouts of all earthquakes that took place before he was elected to the council.

  20. Lynne Says:

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    Isn’t it totally sad, Jack, that at first I couldn’t tell whether your Brown “statement” was parody or real? I’m serious.

    Parody, in order to be known as such, has to go to such extreme lengths these days…

  21. Lynne Says:

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    And, Michael, LOL!!

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