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Earthquakes in Maine
  • Published
    September 15, 2011

    That was an earthquake, after all

    It may have been small — 1.3 on the Richter magnitude scale — but it was enough to startle Midcoast early risers Sept. 14, and had them talking, with reports of a loud bang and a small tremor felt in several towns. The epicenter, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, was in Lincolnville, on the southern side of Pitcher Pond, 4.5 miles down into the earth. The coordinates were 44.327°N, 69.030°W, with leeway ...

  • Published
    July 7, 2011

    Temblor recorded 36 miles from Bar Harbor

    The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that a 2.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in Maine at 5:23 a.m. Thursday, and that its epicenter was in Brooksville. The depth of the earthquake was 2.9 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was located near the end of Pola Road, off Route 176, which is also known as Coastal Road. Brooksville is about 10 miles from Searsport, 13 miles from Bucksport and 14 miles ...

  • Published
    May 5, 2011

    Small earthquake ‘swarm’ shakes Searsport, Bucksport, Belfast

    Maine Geological Survey officials announced Tuesday afternoon, May 3, that a number of small earthquakes have occurred the past few days in the Belfast, Bucksport, Searsport area. As many as 30 small events — collectively, referred to as a swarm — have occurred, all measuring less than 2 on the Richter magnitude scale, said Dr. Robert Marvinney, Maine state geologist and director of the Maine Geological Survey, ...

  • Published
    March 18, 2011

    A look back at major earthquakes in the Midcoast

    Earthquakes that can be felt are rare in the Midcoast but there have been a few noticeable local temblors. One quake occurred shortly before 4 p.m. on Nov. 18, 1929. The quake was centered off the coast of Massachusetts. The quake created a tidal surge in southern New England but no surge was reported locally. But the shaking was felt. The quake came in two violent shakes, according to The Courier-Gazette ...

  • Published
    March 31, 2010

    Minor earthquake shakes parts of Waldo County

    A relatively small earthquake with an epicenter in southern Penobscot County briefly shook parts of eastern Waldo County on Tuesday, March 30. According to the United States Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Program Web site, the magnitude 3.0 earthquake occurred at 4:42 p.m. Tuesday. Coordinates posted on that site indicate the epicenter of the earthquake was near Kings Mountain in Orrington, just north ...

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