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10/16/2012 08:43 pm ET Updated Oct 16, 2012

Maine Earthquake 2012: Quake Rattles New England, Felt In Boston And Other Cities

An earthquake in Maine shook numerous New England states on Tuesday night.

The earthquake struck Maine at 7:12 p.m. ET. The U.S. Geological Survey said New England has "felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones since colonial times... Earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S., although less frequent than in the western U.S., are typically felt over a much broader region."

Associated Press story on the New England quake continues below:

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 4.6 magnitude quake was about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, and about 3 miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland.

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

The Maine Emergency Management Agency had no immediate reports of damage. The York County Communications Center near the epicenter was inundated with emergency calls, and dispatchers were too busy to talk.

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