Earthquake in New Hampshire
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Earthquake in New Hampshire

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I think I just felt an earthquake… in southern New Hampshire (Nashua). It was a very small quake, but the house was definitely shaking.  I can’t even imagine what a larger earthquake would feel like.

My non-expert opinion is that it was less than a 2.5, but of course, this is my first earthquake experience. (Guess I was way off, although we aren’t all that close to the epicenter)… pretty crazy.

*** Update ***

The USGS is reporting it was a 4.6 magnitude earthquake about 20 miles from Portland, Maine (near Lake Arrowhead).


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Comments (39)

    Denise

    same here in dover, nh on seacoast…house was shaking…

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Francis

      I’m in dover too, stuff fell of bureaus

      October 16th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    hampton

    My house just shook in hampton

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Dawn

    I felt it too in Upper Valley NH. I had the same reaction you had! I can’t imagine what a bigger quake would feel like! It scared me!

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Kathleen M.

    So we weren’t the only crazy people here in Newmarket NH… here it was not that small… my apartment was shaking.

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Harry

    Yes, you did feel a small quake. I am in Dover and it lasted about 5 seconds and rattled dishes and was quite loud. Several neighbors came out to see what was going on.

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Ted

    Me too. House just shook in Brookline!

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Glenn Crossman

    Yeah….. we just felt it here in Windham NH too 5 mins. ago!!!!

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    lee knapp

    House shook hard with deep rumble- long duration in south hampton, nh approx. 7:15 PM

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    sandy

    I just felt it also. my house shook for a few seconds. on winchester st nashua

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    vince

    we felt the same in north Nashua NH near Concord St!

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Charlie

    I felt it in Dover, NH too. The house shook for 5 seconds.

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Bart

    Holy crap !! My whole house was shaking in Merrimack. I was ready to run outside !!

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Moe

    It shook our house in Nashua!!!

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Nicole

    Me too. I’m in Salem NH.

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Sty

    Earthquake indeed, Rochester – NH.

    I’m guessing 5.7 and I don’t think we were the epicenter.

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Sty

      way off … 4.6 on WMUR now.

      October 16th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Elliot Silver

      I was pretty far off in my guess, too :)

      October 16th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Pete

    Felt it in Seabrook, NH. Sister felt it in Amesbury, MA as well. I thought for a second it was the Seabrook power station exploding or something

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    JP

    Usgs website says it was a 4.5 from Lake Arrowhead in Maine

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Harry

    It was a 4.6 magnitude along the Maine border; felt all over the state

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Debbie

    Pelham felt it! Scared the devil out of me. I thought my furnace was blowing up.

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Reneeg

    OMG!! I just felt it here in Nashua…thought I was losing my mind! Glad I wasn’t the only one to feel it!

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Jack

    Thought you were moving to Boston.

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Elliot Silver

      We are… We are hanging out with my parents in NH right now.

      October 16th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    J S

    Elliot,

    If I recall you felt that last one too a few years ago..although I think you were somewhere else at the time.

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Grace

    Our house was shaking like crazy here in Plymouth, NH. My husband and I jumped up in surprise and ran outside. We have both felt tremors/earthquakes in NH before but this one lasted longer and was more violent.

    October 16th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    dorothy sheehan

    scary when ur house or apt shakes

    October 16th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Jackie hill

    I live in Wilton NH n I felt my house shake

    October 16th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    BullS

    The world is coming to an end…

    dump your domains!!

    October 16th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Morgan

    Hehe, come to California, this is just another Tuesday for us :)

    October 17th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Bernard

    Shoot, in California we wouldn’t even get out of bed for a 4.6…!

    memegenerator.net/instance/28493595

    Hope all is well with you Elliot! :)

    October 17th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Rafael

    Not fun. I was on the 14th floor in Santiago Chile when I felt a shake.

    Yikes!

    Rafael

    October 17th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Tasha Kidd

    See? You close on your NYC apartment and look what happens? The whole Northeast Corridor goes on tilt! I’m glad you get to go back home, closer to grandparents for your daughter, etc. Have a blast. New seasons are always refreshing and invigorating!

    October 18th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Louise

    First the earthquake, now Sandy. NYC would have been a more immersive experience weathering Hurricane Sandy, but I’d still like to get your view from Boston!

    It will be high tide when Sandy makes landfall Monday evening. It you can coordinate an earthquake at the same time, it will really be messy!!!

    October 27th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Louise

    Sorry of that last sentence – irony is out of place with a deadly storm this size! According to the Huffington post infographic, it looks like the main path of Sandy will pass Boston by:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/28/hurricane-sandy-map_n_2035697.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003#slide=1691725

    October 28th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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