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4.0 earthquake rocks Northeast

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"It scared the crap out of me," commented Suzzane Shasteen about the tremor.

She was watching television at her home in Essex when her home began to shake.

"It vibrated my couch, behind me, it felt like something was behind my couch.," she said.

Annick Pyfferon and her son Sidney were relaxing in their Burlington apartment, when they too felt their house shake.

"There's the railroad track behind the house, and usually that makes the house shake, but this time we didn't have any noise, just shaking," said Pyfferon.

Both ladies immediately suspected they just felt an earthquake and signed online to confirm.

"A few minutes later I checked on Facebook and people were talking about it," said Pyfferon with a laugh.

"That's the only reason I knew," said Shasteen.

Hundreds of our viewers from all across the state reported feeling the earthquake.

"I can tell you that we've received no reports of damage anywhere," said Peter Coffey with Vermont Emergency Management.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 4.0 earthquake originated in Hollis, Maine just after 7 p.m. It was felt as far away as New York City.

"In the eastern United States, earthquakes are felt over a much bigger area than in the western United States because the crust is different, the crust is colder, the crust is thinner, so when earthquakes occur the effects are transmitted much greater distances," said Frank Revetta a geologist at SUNY Potsdam.

Geologists say an earthquake needs to have a magnitude of 5.0 or greater to really cause any damage.


Many WCAX viewers on Facebook reported feeling the temblor.

Click here For USGS information.

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