I witnessed this
event first hand at 3 pm that day.
I work at Mcseagulls restraunt in boothbay harbor
located near the head
of the harbor. the event was unlike anything else I
have ever seen! The
water rushed out of the harbor in a matter of
minuets. the power o the
surge in the middle of the harbor was compariable to
white water rapids
during the spring thaw.
Tsunamis in the Gulf of Maine
Only small tsunami events have been recorded in Maine. According to the National Weather Service, events were recorded in 1872 and 1926. In 1872, small waves (less than 50 cm) were recorded by tide gauges in Penobscot Bay, though the source of the waves is unknown. A larger wave hit Mt. Desert Island in 1926. This wave reportedly reached 10 feet and suddenly flooded Bass Harbor. There were no injuries reported. It is thought that these events precipitated from small earthquakes in the Atlantic Ocean. Strangely, there are no records in Maine of the 1929 tsunami that hit Newfoundland (mentioned above).
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…TUESDAY`S UNUSUAL TIDE FLUCTUATIONS
ALONG THE MID-MAINE
THE CAUSE OF UNUSUAL
TIDE FLUCTUATIONS ALONG THE MID
COAST OF MAINE REMAINS A MYSTERY…AND MAY NEVER BE
KNOWN. SIGNIFICANT RAPID
RISES AND FALLS IN TIDE LEVELS WERE OBSERVED AROUND
3 PM OCTOBER 28 IN
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, SOUTHPORT, AND BRISTOL. ONLY VERY
MINOR FLUCTUATIONS WERE
NOTED AT TIDE GAUGES ALONG THE
THERE ARE SEVERAL
POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS FOR YESTERDAY`S
EVENT. RAPID SURGES CAN BE CAUSED BY THE UNDERWATER
MOVEMENT OF LAND, MOST
OFTEN DUE TO AN EARTHQUAKE, OR DUE TO THE SLUMPING
OF SEDIMENTS ALONG A
STEEP CANYON OR SHELF. NO EARTHQUAKES WERE REPORTED
IN THE AREA YESTERDAY.
IN RARE INSTANCES, LARGE AND
EYE-WITNESS REPORTS FROM SEVERAL LOCATIONS INDICATED THAT WATER LEVELS FELL AND ROSE FROM 4 FEET TO AS MUCH AS 12 FEET ALONG THE COAST DURING THE EVENT. THESE RAPID CHANGES IN TIDAL LEVELS GENERATED THE STRONG CURRENTS THAT DAMAGED PIERS AND BOATS IN THE AREA.
ALTHOUGH THESE EVENTS ARE RARE ALONG THE MAINE COAST, THEY HAVE OCCURRED IN THE PAST. ON JANUARY 9, 1926, AN EVENT SIMILAR TO YESTERDAY`S EVENT WAS OBSERVED IN BASS HARBOR. DURING THAT EVENT, THE HARBOR DRAINED RAPIDLY AND THEN WAS FOLLOWED BY A 10 FT SURGE OF WATER, FOLLOWED BY TWO OTHER SMALLER WAVES. THERE WERE NO EARTHQUAKES REPORTED ON THAT DAY. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THAT EVENT BUT ABOUT 50 FISHING BOATS WERE HURLED ASHORE.
SOURCE: Weather New England
Tide Change a
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine—Meteorologists are baffled by rapid tidal changes along the Maine coast, which damaged some boats and piers.
Witnesses say low tide turned and became high within a matter of minutes on Tuesday afternoon. The changes occurred six or seven times. The National Weather Service says reports from several locations indicated that water levels fell and rose from 4 feet to as much as 12 feet during the event.
In a public information statement, the weather service says the cause "remains a mystery and may never be known."
It said significant rapid rises and falls in tide levels were observed around 3 p.m. in Boothbay Harbor, Southport and Bristol. The statement said rapid surges can be caused by the underwater movement of land, most often due to an earthquake, or due to slumping of sediments along a steep canyon or shelf, but no earthquakes were reported in the area Tuesday.
A similar event occurred on Jan. 9, 1926, in Bass Harbor, the statement said.
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