State to review recent earthquakes, prepare for damage

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– All affected state agency heads will be meeting at the State Emergency Operations Center at the State Armory Friday to review everything that’s known about all the earthquakes that have been felt in Eastern Connecticut.

The Governor was touting his transportation plans at the state’s largest bridge Thursday. The Gold Star Memorial bridge between New London and Groton is the largest structure in the state, and part of it is more than 60-years old. The state transportation commissioner says that most of the bridges in Eastern Connecticut should not be impacted by the the kind of seismic activity the region is experiencing.

“Our inventory does not indicate any substantial inventory of bridges at risk at this kind of vibration,” said CT D.O.T. Commissioner James Redeker. “At most, subject to change would be old stone kind of arch bridges that might be weak in the first place, but we haven’t seen any indications at all.”

The Governor, who has been briefed by geologists from Boston College, was able to detail the kind of information Plainfield area residents should be getting at Friday night’s meeting at the high school.

For more on the meeting at Plainfield High School, click here.

“What will be explained, what I’ve been lead to believe will be explained, is it’s not uncommon to have these kinds of groupings, it’ll quiet down at some point,” said Governor Malloy.

The Governor says he knows some residents of the region have been shaken and are concerned, but those with minor damage have been confined to Plainfield.

“It doesn’t appear to be emblematic, at least at this point, of any expectation of a major event,” said Malloy. “These things happen in New England.”

Despite these assurances, Friday morning’s meeting at the State Armory will be to discuss preparedness in the event the earthquakes continue and begin to cause more serious damage.

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