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Moderate earthquake strikes Maine, felt in Boston

Published on Oct 17, 2012 8:47 AM

BOSTON (REUTERS) - An earthquake struck the northeastern U.S. state of Maine on Tuesday shortly after 7 p.m. (8am Wed, Sg time), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

First reported as a 4.5 magnitude quake centered near Lake Arrowhead, the USGS has revised the quake's magnitude to 4.6 and shifted the epicenter to close to Hollis Center, southeast of the original location.

Hollis Center is about 32 km west of Portland, Maine's most populous city, and about 160 km north of Boston.

Eyewitnesses across the Boston area reported feeling the quake for up to 20 to 30 seconds.

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