SCIENTIST COMMENTS ON MAINE QUAKE

by Christian Mower on October 18, 2012

A GEOPHYSICIST WITH THE NATIONAL EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION CENTER IN COLORADO SAYS TUESDAY NIGHT’S MAGNITUDE 4.0 EARTHQUAKE COULD BE FELT AS FAR AWAY AS NEW JERSEY.

JOHN BELLINI SAYS THE QUAKE’S EPICENTER WAS ABOUT 40 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CONWAY NEAR THE YORK COUNTY TOWN OF WATERBORO, MAINE.

CONWAY POLICE LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAYS THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF MAJOR DAMAGE OR INJURIES IN CONWAY AFTER THE QUAKE SHOOK THE AREA FOR ABOUT 10 SECONDS AT 7:12 P.M. TUESDAY.

BELLINI SAYS IT WAS THE FOURTH TIME A QUAKE OF THAT SIZE HAS ORIGINATED FROM THE WATERBORO AREA SINCE 1973.

BAR HARBOR, MAINE EXPERIENCED A 4.2 MAGNITUDE QUAKE IN 2006 THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY SEVERAL AFTERSHOCKS.

BELLINI SAYS A QUAKE LIKE TUESDAY’S IS CONSIDERED SMALL AND USUALLY DOESN’T CAUSE MAJOR DAMAGE – AND THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF INJURIES OR MAJOR DAMAGE FROM IT.

HE SAYS A QUAKE OF THE SAME SIZE TYPICALLY HAPPENS SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA EVERY DAY.

AS OF WEDNESDAY. THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAD GOTTEN MORE THAN 17,000 REPORTS OF WHAT PEOPLE FELT DURING TUESDAY’S QUAKE IN MAINE.

ONE COMMON REPORT WAS THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT THEIR HOUSE HAD BEEN HIT BY A TRUCK OR A PLANE HAD CRASHED IN THEIR YARD – MANY THOUGHT THEIR FURNACE MIGHT HAVE EXPLODED.

YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR OWN “I FELT IT REPORT” AND GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MAINE QUAKE ONLINE AT www.earthquake.usgs.gov.

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