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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3.0 Earthquake in Maine

Just as an alert to those in Maine that think it can't happen here, it did. Minor of course, in the grand scheme of things, but we did have an earthquake to day. There have in fact been many quakes in Maine, with the largest recorded being a 4.8 in Bowmanton Township in 1973. Prior to the current magnitude rating scheme in use a level VII earthquake was felt in Eastport back in 1904, which, according to the Maine Geological Survey would have been a 5.9 magnitude today. But even further back in time, and earthquake was felt in the 1600s where the ground was visibly lifted in front of witnesses, who claimed the ground moved as a wave upon the sea. So, remember my three Ps of preparedness, anything is possible.

More news should be coming through the local sources on this evening's news where you'll be able to hear all about it. Until then, flooding remains the real threat from all of this rain we've been having. Initial reports out of Porter had Route 25 flooded over with the breaking of the Colcord Pond dam, however it turns out that while under heavy rain, Route 25 is in fact open, and it was just the side roads affected by the flash flooding cause by that dams breeching. Got your Go Bags ready?

Until the main stream media has news, here are the USGS details on the earthquake:

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 3.0 M


  • 30 Mar 2010 20:42:18 UTC
  • 30 Mar 2010 16:42:18 near epicenter
  • 30 Mar 2010 15:42:18 standard time in your time zone


44.672N 68.752W


4 km


  • 9 km (5 miles) ENE (65 degrees) of Winterport, ME
  • 11 km (7 miles) NNE (18 degrees) of Bucksport, ME
  • 11 km (7 miles) SE (146 degrees) of Hampden, ME
  • 286 km (178 miles) NE (48 degrees) of Manchester, NH
  • 307 km (190 miles) SE (140 degrees) of Québec, Québec, Canada

Location Uncertainty

Horizontal: 0.7 km; Vertical 1.7 km


Nph = 33; Dmin = 26.7 km; Rmss = 0.23 seconds; Gp = 154°
M-type = M; Version = a

Event ID NE 00001168 (click onto the event ID link to go to the USGS report on this quake)

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