3.3 magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Maine

The earthquake hit six miles off the coast of Maine. —U.S. Geological Survey

Residents of northeast Maine awoke to a 3.3 magnitude earthquake Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred at 6:56 a.m. six miles off the coast of Eastport, reported the USGS, which monitors earthquake activity.

Residents from surrounding towns, including Pembroke, Whiting, Lubec, and Ellsworth, felt the earthquake, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Many reported on Facebook that they felt the quake, which is considered minor on the Richter scale.

we had a 3.3 earthquake this morning, EASTPORT area, felt it and heard a loud bang, thought it was lake ice popping!

Posted by David Ferris on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I'm late on reporting this - had a batch of things going - There was loud BANG! and then the house shook. My poor...

Posted by Kathryn Lewis on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I KNEW what i felt this morning was an earthquake!

Posted by Kristie Lynn on Tuesday, February 2, 2016