PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– Residents in Plainfield are not used to feeling earthquakes at their homes, but they are certainly getting used to it now.
Monday’s earthquake is the second in less than a week. Last Thursday, a 2.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in the same area.
Monday’s earthquake ranked a 3.3 on the Richter scale. The quake was confirmed by the US Geological Survey around 6:35 a.m.
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Many people in the eastern part of the state sent News 8 Report-It messages after feeling the effects of the earthquake.
Dennis from Griswold wrote “earthquake? my whole house shook at 6:35.”
A Plainfield resident wrote “I think we just had another earthquake in Plainfield! I’m located on East Main St in Central Village.”
Last Thursday, Plainfield police and the emergency 9-1-1 center got about 50 calls from people reporting that they felt something. This time, they received more than 150 calls.
“This time, a lot of people actually reported that ‘oh my god we had another earthquake,'” said Plainfield police Captain Mario Arriaga.
Pine Crest Drive in Plainfield is one of the streets where police say a lot of the calls came in early on. People called saying they heard a loud explosion and then the ground was shaking about 6:30 Monday morning.
One resident says he believes that’s because the epicenter is in the nearby woods. Don Jacobs says he was jolted out of bed after the quake.
“It’s a little unnerving, but what are you gonna do about it? You can’t…” said Jacobs, who then laughed.
While police were on the phone with one caller, another quake hit causing more concern.
Here’s that call:
Caller: If you find out can you let me know I’m scared.
Dispatcher: Alright ma’am.
Caller: Oh no there’s another one a big one.
Dispatcher: Oh I felt that one.
Caller: Oh my god that was a big one.
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“We were able to go out there and send numerous officers out to the area to try to see if there was any damage or anybody that needed assistance, and we didn’t come across any damage or anybody that needed any type of assistance,” said Arriaga.
Arriaga says that later Monday morning he heard from one of his officers who did find that he had some damage at home. It was nothing too serious, but he did have some sheet rock in several places that was cracked. Anyone who experienced structural damage is asked to contact their building inspector.
Maureen Long, an assistant professor in geological and geophysical studies at Yale University, says this is not unusual in New England and people should not be alarmed.
“What the Plainfield area seems to be experiencing is a small earthquake swarm, the term we would use for a number of earthquakes that are clustered together in time,” said Long.
She says Connecticut sits in the center of the North American plate, very far from the plate boundaries in California and in the Atlantic Ocean, so this area should not experience any of the stronger earthquakes which cause major destruction.