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Officials in a central Pennsylvania borough are investigating after receiving reports of loud blasts and tremors in the area.
Bellefonte borough Assistant Manager Don Holderman tells the Centre Daily Times his office began receiving calls at about 11:45 a.m. Thursday from people who reported tremors that feel like an earthquake and hearing loud blasts.
Bellini said that multiple seismic monitoring stations in central Pennsylvania picked up the activity to some extent, but it was too small to determine a magnitude. He said from the data collected, the event looks to have occurred in a 5-or-more-mile radius of Centre Hall — about 8 miles from Bellefonte. But because the data is so limited, he said it’s hard to tell.
Holderman said that to the best of his knowledge, no developers were blasting in the area on Thursday, and he spoke to officials at Graymont quarry in Pleasant Gap, and doesn’t believe the tremors stem from activity there.
Some Bellefonte residents have told the Centre Daily Times that they felt tremors as late as 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., and others have reported feeling shakes on Wednesday. Bellini said his data only show activity Thursday.
Some people on social media they felt the tremors shake the walls of their homes, and in some cases even knock pictures to the ground.
Sampsel also said the devices have “no relation whatsoever” with the “tremors” and “blasts” reported Thursday in the Bellefonte area. Those tremors and blasts were the result of seismic activity, according to the United States Geological Survey.