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originally posted by: HODOSKE
heard this on the news.. 12 in one week! anyone have any ideas what is going on? any fracking nearby?
1) Jan. 8: 9:28 a.m. -- 2.0 magnitude quake, centered in Plainfield
2) Jan. 9: 10:26 a.m. -- 0.4 magnitude earthquake in Plainfield
3) Jan. 12: 6:33 a.m. -- 1.6 magnitude earthquake in Plainfield
4) Jan. 12: 6:34 a.m. -- 1.5 magnitude earthquake in Plainfield
5) Jan. 12: 6:36 a.m. -- 3.3 magnitude earthquake in Plainfield
6) Jan. 12: 6:50 a.m. -- 2.1 magnitude earthquake in Plainfield
7) Jan. 12: 12:03 p.m. -- 1.7 magnitude earthquake in Plainfield
8) Jan. 12: 1:04 p.m. -- 1.6 magnitude earthquake in Plainfield
9) Jan. 13: 7:27 a.m. -- 2.3 magnitude earthquake in Plainfield
10) Jan. 14: 6:33 a.m. -- 1.8 magnitude earthquake in Plainfield.
11) Jan. 14: 8:10 a.m. -- 1.5 magnitude earthquake in Plainfield
12) Jan. 15: 4:39 a.m. -- 2.2 magnitude earthquake, near Moosup
originally posted by: swanne
a reply to: Vasa Croe
None of these earthquakes are classified as "dangerous". They are all below 2.5 on the Richter scale.
originally posted by: rickymouse
If the area does not experience quakes because it is stable, there may be a cause for it.
The map with green spots was prepared by the Weston Observatory in Massachusetts, which operates a network of seismographs in New England. (...) Notice that most of the green circles in Connecticut cluster between Moodus and New Haven, but the large zone around and north of the greater New York City area includes a little bit of westernmost Connecticut. Other likely areas for earthquakes are in southeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, and Maine is surprisingly active as well.
A study by Boston College seismologist John Ebel, published earlier this year, zeroes in on the epicenter of the 1755 Cape Ann earthquake. Ebel, who has spent the last 25 years studying local quakes, also proposes a new idea: that all New England earthquakes -- including the 1755 one and a 1638 magnitude 7 quake probably centered in New Hampshire -- might be the aftershocks of an even larger historical quake. He says another large one may be looming.
Our earthquake threat is made more pressing by what distinguishes Boston among American cities: its elegant brick-and-mortar architecture, which in many cases sits on loose, unstable soil. Experts also warn that the city's aging infrastructure and utilities -- sewer mains, gas lines, bridges, and overpasses -- are rife with vulnerabilities. The length of time since the last significant quake seems to have dulled -- and, in some cases, erased -- our perception of the threat. Yet earthquakes do happen here. Why, then, isn't Boston ready for the next one?
Ebel has added a new wrinkle - that New England's quakes might be aftershocks of a larger historical event. "It's a very new idea," he says. "But the largest quakes that are possible in New England may still be on the horizon."