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Minor Earthquake near Bar Harbor, Maine

  1. Oct 3, 2006 #1

    Astronuc

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    3.9 (Minor) - 4 miles (7 km) SSE (157°) from Bar Harbor, ME - Minor yes, but strong enough to send boulders rolling off hills and blocking roads. Bar Harbor is a small populated area.

    Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 00:07:37 (UTC) = Coordinated Universal Time
    Monday, October 2, 2006 at 8:07:37 PM = local time at epicenter

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ustib1.php#maps

    Historical seismicity shows that earthquakes here are rare.
    http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/neic_tib1_h.html

    Location: 44.326°N, 68.173°W
    Depth: 5 km (3.1 miles)

    Distances:
    7 km (4 miles) SSE (157°) from Bar Harbor, ME
    36 km (23 miles) SE (139°) from Ellsworth, ME
    57 km (35 miles) ESE (119°) from Bucksport, ME
    303 km (188 miles) ENE (59°) from Manchester, NH
    324 km (202 miles) NE (46°) from Boston, MA

    A second 2.5 mag earthquake preceded this earthquake on /09/28 13:52:48 at location: 44.452 -68.195, which was further toward the main coast, as opposed to off shore. Hmmm! I wonder if this indicates a trend for future seismic activity in the area.

    So Turbo, did you feel it?
     
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  3. Oct 3, 2006 #2

    turbo

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    No, I didn't notice that one. We get a few a year that can be felt, usually no worse than the vibration from a washing machine during a spin cycle, so depending on what you're doing at the time (including doing a load of laundry) you may not even notice them.

    Bar Harbor may be a "small populated area", but during the summer months, you can't swing a cat without hitting a billionaire or at least a many-times-over millionaire. If a major earquake ever hit that area, the insurance claims for property damage would be incredible.
     
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