Tuesday October 16, 2012

Berkshire Eagle Staff and Wire Reports

PORTLAND, Maine -- A 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck southern Maine just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, with Berkshires residents feeling it across a wide swath of the county.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was three miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, and about three miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland.

Readers on The Eagle's Facebook page reported they felt the 7:12 p.m. quake in Pittsfield, Dalton, Monterey, Adams, Cheshire, Lanesborough, Great Barrington and elsewhere, with one person in Dalton posting: "Everything in my house was shaking."

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in Berkshire County.

The temblor also was felt in Vermont, New Hampshire and elsewhere in Massachusetts, including in Boston, and as far south as Rhode Island and Connecticut.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency had no immediate reports of damage.


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