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Earthquake hits Maine; Connecticut feels effects

WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

The United States Geological Survey confirms an earthquake measuring an initial magnitude of 4.6 hit Maine Tuesday night and Connecticut residents felt the aftermath.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake hit three miles west of Hollis Center, ME, around 7:15 p.m. The earthquake has been since downgraded to 4.0 magnitude.

However, residents from all across the state have called and emailed into Eyewitness News and reported feeling the effects.

"I never really thought we would have an earthquake," said Gabriel Aleksiewicz of Berlin. "I know we've had them in the past, but I didn't think it was, you know, an earthquake."

Aleksiewicz was not alone.

"The entire table just shook. I thought it maybe my dog was shaking underneath me," said Beth Armstrong of Stafford Springs. "I looked and there was no dog."

State police said there have not been any reports of serious damage in Connecticut.

The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is monitoring the earthquake.

The ground in New England is colder and older, which allows the vibrations from an earthquake to travel further. Unlike in California, where the ground is newer and allows the vibrations to only travel a short distance.

Connecticut residents last felt tremors from a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Virginia on Aug. 23, 2011.

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