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, rememberone of  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 MDate-Time

  • 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

Location

44.672N 68.752W

Depth

4 km

Distances

  • 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

Parameters

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)

As I mentioned, flooding potential remains high in Maine, and the NWS has this to say about Maine and New Hampshire;

Statement as of 3:07 PM EDT on March 30, 2010

… Flood Watch now in effect through Wednesday afternoon…

The Flood Watch is now in effect for

* portions of western Maine and New Hampshire… including the
following areas… in western Maine… Androscoggin… Central
Somerset… coastal Cumberland… coastal Waldo… coastal York…
interior Cumberland… interior Waldo… interior York…
Kennebec… Knox… Lincoln… northern Franklin… northern
Oxford… Sagadahoc… southern Franklin… southern Oxford and
southern Somerset. In New Hampshire… Belknap… coastal
Rockingham… interior Rockingham… Merrimack… northern
Carroll… northern Coos… northern Grafton… southern
Carroll… southern Coos… southern Grafton… Strafford and
Sullivan.

* Through Wednesday afternoon

* another one to two inches of rain will fall through tonight.
This will cause additional rises on rivers and streams across
the region… flooding of roads… and urban flooding.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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