Researchers monitoring Eastern Connecticut quakes


PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– Robert Truken says the recent earthquakes have caused a crack in his home.

“I just noticed this crack on the wall within the last day or so,” said Truken, who moved into his brand new house a year ago.

He says his dog senses the tremors before they even hit.

“He comes running in or he’ll come to me and get up off the floor and look at me and then the rumble comes,” said Truken.

Researchers from the Weston Observatory at Boston College are relying on scientific equipment to learn more about these earthquakes. They set up four portable seismic stations in Plainfield and Danielson Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning two more quakes shook those towns.

“It’s very exciting to have events occur this morning knowing that we had several portable seismic stations in the area,” said Dr. John Ebel of the Weston Observatory.

One Plainfield home has a GPS unit on a railing. It is attached to one of the stations set up in the garage. The equipment is used to allow researchers to detect smaller activity not picked up by the permanent regional stations, the closest being at UConn and Bryant College in Rhode Island.

“And also to allow us to get much more accurate locations of exactly where the events are coming from,” said Dr. Ebel.

“Then maybe they can pinpoint the exact location and I’d be more than happy to have them put one here,” said Truken. “Just a piece of mind I have an alarm clock now every morning at 6:30 it seems like it’s happening.”

Both Truken and the Plainfield man’s best friend hope the earthquakes end soon.

“I’m just wondering if it’s going to stop or we’re in for something more,” said Truken.

The town of Plainfield has set up an informational session to answer the many questions and concerns of residents. It will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the high school. Representatives from the Weston Observatory will be on hand to answer questions.

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