Document Type



United States Waterways Experiment Station

Publication Date


Publisher location

Vicksburg, MS

Publication Number

Miscellaneous Paper S-77-P

Abstract/ Summary

The Dickey-Lincoln School damsites are less than 50 miles from an area along the St. Lawrence River which has experienced some of the most severe earthquakes in North America. A geological and seismological investigation was made of the region in order to determine the hazards from earthquakes at the damsites. No active faults were found in the general area of the damsites. The source area of potentially severe earthquakes was found to be restricted to a narrow band that follows the St. Lawrence River. This band was designated as Zone A. The boundary of Zone A is located U5 miles from the damsites. Zone B, with less seismic risk, borders Zone A and is Uo miles from the damsites. The damsites are situated in Zone C, which has the least seismic risk in the region. Zone D, with a level of seismic risk between that of Zones B and C, occurs 75 miles southeast of the damsites. The most severe ground motion at the damsites was interpreted to be from an earthquake in Zone A attenuated over a distance of 45 miles. Such movement is interpreted to have a peak acceleration of 0.35 g, a peak velocity of 65 cm/sec, and a peak displacement of 22 cm. The duration of shaking is estimated at 18 sec. Accelerographs are recommended for scaling in order to develop time histories of bedrock ground motion for dynamic analyses.

Citation/Publisher Attribution

Krinitzsky, E. L., and David M. Patrick. 1977. Earthquake investigations at the Dickey-Lincoln School damsites, Maine. Vicksburg, Miss: U.S. Waterways Experiment Station.


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