Bethel, ME Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes
The chance of earthquake damage in Bethel is about the same as Maine average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Bethel is about the same as Maine average and is much lower than the national average.
Earthquake Index, #255
The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.
Volcano Index, #1
The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.
Tornado Index, #192
The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.
Other Weather Extremes Events
A total of 1,038 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Bethel, ME were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:
|Dust Storm:||0||Flood:||162||Hail:||245||Heat:||0||Heavy Snow:||0|
|High Surf:||0||Hurricane:||0||Ice Storm:||0||Landslide:||0||Strong Wind:||0|
|Thunderstorm Winds:||502||Tropical Storm:||0||Wildfire:||0||Winter Storm:||0||Winter Weather:||0|
No volcano is found in or near Bethel, ME.
Historical Earthquake Events
A total of 2 historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Bethel, ME.
|Distance (miles)||Date||Magnitude||Depth (km)||Latitude||Longitude|
Historical Tornado Events
A total of 5 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Bethel, ME.
|Distance (miles)||Date||Magnitude||Start Lat/Log||End Lat/Log||Length||Width||Fatalities||Injuries||Property Damage||Crop Damage||Affected County|
|28.5||1971-07-31||2||44°30'N / 70°15'W||44°31'N / 70°18'W||1.90 Miles||200 Yards||0||1||250K||0||Androscoggin|
|33.1||1971-07-31||2||44°22'N / 70°10'W||0.50 Mile||10 Yards||0||0||250K||0||Androscoggin|
|42.1||1971-07-31||2||44°24'N / 69°59'W||2.00 Miles||33 Yards||0||0||250K||0||Kennebec|
|45.0||1996-07-08||2||44°17'N / 69°58'W||44°11'N / 69°57'W||1.50 Miles||200 Yards||0||0||15K||0||Kennebec|
|Brief Description: Strong thunderstorms produced an F-2 tornado with winds estimated to be 130 mph that touched down near the west shore of Cobbosseecontee Lake. The tornado cut a path about 200 yards wide and about 1.5 miles long as it moved across the lake, hitting a point of land and a small island. Numerous tall pines 2 feet in diameter were snapped off by the tornado with damage to a vehicle, a cabin, and a summer home from falling trees. The tornado also overturned a boat and flipped a floating dock out of the water.|
|49.4||2008-07-24||2||43°34'N / 71°07'W||43°51'N / 70°59'W||20.00 Miles||880 Yards||0||0||0K||0K||Carroll|
|Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An E-F2 tornado moving out of Strafford County crossed into Carroll 2.9 miles east of South Wolfboro and continued to skip north northeast for almost 20 miles through the town of Freedom. F0 to F2 damage occurred along the path of the storm and many thousands of trees were blown down. Cars, homes and other structures were also damaged. EPISODE NARRATIVE: On July 24th a closed 500 mb low was digging over NY/PA and waves of surface low pressure were riding north along the associated surface front to the west of the forecast area. A strong 50kt low level jet was also riding northward ahead of the front. This resulted in extremely high helicity values across southern and central New Hampshire. A surface dew point boundary was in place across south central New Hampshire with readings in the lower 70s to the east of this boundary and in the mid 60s to the west. Sunshine began breaking out to the east of this boundary by mid morning and convection began developing by late morning. Storms grew rapidly and quickly began rotating. A tornado rated as strong as F2 cut a 50 mile path through 5 counties in southeast New Hampshire resulting in 1 fatality and damage to over 100 structures some of which were completely destroyed.|
* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.