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Residents React, Hit Social Media after 4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Sends Shocks Through Western Mass.

This map from the USGS shows the location of the epicenter of the earthquake.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The state of Maine was hit by an Earthquake a short time ago and the aftershocks were felt right here in Western Mass.

According to the USGS website, Maine was hit by an earthquake with a 4.0 magnitude about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine and was about 3 miles deep into the earth.

We’ve received reports from residents who felt the aftershocks here in Western Mass. from Chicopee, to West Springfield, to Whately, to Hadley and beyond.

There are no immediate reports of any damage here in Western Mass.

In a statement released to ABC40, Governor Deval Patrick says, “Many Massachusetts residents felt the effects of an earthquake tonight. According to MEMA, which is monitoring events and has briefed me, the quake was centered some 30 miles outside of Portland, Maine. So far, we have no reports of injury or damage in Massachusetts. MEMA will continue to monitor the situation closely. Residents should use caution if they encounter any damage and take a minute to check in on neighbors, family and friends.”

People at Springfield College were quick to share their experiences with mother natures rattle.

“It’s just like a weird shake, like my chair just moved. I didn’t know what moved it,” said Alex Shaw.

All of the sudden I felt my chair sway back and fourth a little bit.  I just figured it was a huge truck driving by,” said Danielle Hegarty.

People who didn’t feel the quake did feel the aftershock that hit their phones and social media.

“Everything is on Facebook. I just went on my Facebook and Twitter and it said like the Mayans are coming you know 2012 here we come it’s kinda funny,” said Jennifer Thomas.

Almost every update on Twitter for about a half an hour  after the quake was a thought, question or experience about what happened.

On the WGGBSpringfield Facebook page people were posting countless messages of where they live and what they felt.

“It’s crazy how quickly word travels now.  My friend went to school in Maine and I guess that’s where it started and it was bad up there,” said Stephanie Mirante.

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

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