Maine earthquake shakes New England region

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A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck Maine Tuesday evening and was felt around New England, reports NBC news.

The quake occurred at 7:12 p.m. ET just three miles west of Hollis Center, Maine and 20 miles west of Portland, according to NBC news.

Residents in many states reported shaking but there are not yet reports of serious damage or any injuries, reports CBS news.

The quake was reportedly shallow at 3.1 miles deep, but was felt by people as far south as Connecticut, according to NBC news.

"People in New England, and in its geological extension southward through Long Island, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones since colonial times," The U.S. Geological survey said.

"Moderately damaging earthquakes strike somewhere in the region every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt roughly twice a year."

A 5.8 earthquake shook Virginia in August and was also felt throughout the northeastern region.

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