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By adamg - 4/5/24 - 10:39 am
Seismic chart showing impact of earthquake in New England

See if you can spot when the quake hit. From BC's Weston Observatory.

The US Geological Survey reported a magnitude 4.8 earthquake in Lebanon, NJ at 10:23 a.m. and not long after, people across the Boston area began reporting a bit of shaking. Read more.

By adamg - 11/8/20 - 9:27 am
Earthquake seismograph

Seismograph record from the Weston Observatory.

Reports coming in of tremors all across the Boston area due to a 3.6 quake in Buzzards Bay just off New Bedford. Read more.

By adamg - 5/17/13 - 11:20 am

At 9:50 a.m., CarCarli tweeted from her North End apartment:

Did anyone just feel an Earthquake? Home sick in bed & just felt that earthquakey JiffyPop shaking sensation.

The USGS reported a 4.4 earthquake north of Ottawa at 9:43 a.m. In addition to the North End, it shook upstate New York.

After getting confirmation of the quake, CarCarli added:

By adamg - 10/16/12 - 7:27 pm
Earthquake seismograph

Earthquake around 7:12 in southern Maine was felt all over the Boston area.

You feel it? Area tweeters, of course, were all over it:

Earthquake in Boston

Storified by Adam Gaffin · Tue, Oct 16 2012 16:37:28

By adamg - 9/16/12 - 11:01 am

A 2.5-magnitude quake struck about 41 miles east of Rockport around 10:30 p.m. yesterday. At least one Boston-area resident reports feeling his building shake and saw his houseplants sway.

By adamg - 8/23/11 - 11:58 pm
Leaning tower

Greg MacKay braved aftershocks to take this photo of 111 Devonshire St., the building that alarmed citizens reported was leaning and to which firefighters rushed - only to learn that it had always looked like that.

Copyright Greg MacKay. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By adamg - 8/23/11 - 2:18 pm
Weston Observatory quake graph

See if you can pick out when the earthquake hit the Weston Observatory.

Yep! Earthquake centered in Virginia around 1:50 p.m., but tremors reached here.

12 Channel St. was evacuated. Several downtown buildings were either completely or partially evacuated, including 257 Summer St., where Louis Cameron reports:

Crazy, our whole building swayed. Still feel sick.

Globes at the Leventhal Map Center at the BPL main branch in Copley Square turned into bobbleheads. Logan Airport reported diversions from other East Coast airports shut because of the quake.

Sean Roche reports the quake wasn't quite strong enough to dislodge a bag of M&Ms from a Cambridge vending machine.

Riptor exclaimed:

My etch-a-sketch gallery! It's RUINED!

John Strauss wondered:

Any truth to the rumor that the tower at the Prince Restaurant on Rt. 1 is now standing straight up?

By adamg - 6/23/10 - 3:04 pm

An earthquake in Quebec near the Ontario line sent tremors through the Boston area shortly before 2 p.m. A residential building at 1180 Beacon Street in Brookline was evacuated after it began shaking, possibly because of the quake, Neal Simpson at Brookline Patch reports.

Louis Cameron tweets he felt it at 253 Summer St. on Fort Point Channel. At 1:53, he exclaimed:

By fibrowitch - 4/17/10 - 7:36 pm

Listening to All things considered on NPR and they are interviewing a woman who developed a computer program, that uses the motion sensor in lap top computers to measure earth quakes.  Most newer laptops have an accelerometer, a kind of motion sensor that detects when a computer gets dropped or shaken.  If the computer gets dropped, it shuts off the hard drive to save the laptop.  Gosh, wish I had one of those three years ago when Purrball knocked the laptop off the kitchen table. 

Your laptop could detect the next earthquake  I love this quote from Elizabeth Cochran - almost as much as I love the her last name is Cochran - wonder if she is going to have a distant relative named Zefram  Okay, anyway, here is the quote --

"As soon as I knew there were these low-cost sensors inside these accelerometers, I thought it would be perfect to use them to network together and actually record earthquakes," geoscientist Elizabeth Cochran of the University of California at Riverside says.

By adamg - 10/19/07 - 9:33 am

The US Geological Survey reports a magnitude-2.5 earthquake at 1:25 a.m., centered one mile west of Littleton Common.

Why Does the Earth Quake in New England?
The Cape Ann Earthquake of 1755, which occasioned a lament:

By adamg - 11/18/05 - 8:44 am

Little known fun fact: There are four areas in the U.S. considered to be at risk for potentially devastating earthquakes: the Pacific coast, southern Illinois and Missouri, Charleston, S.C. and Boston.

The main reason we should stop making fun of people who move to California is the Cape Ann Earthquake of 1755, which, Michael informs us, happened 250 years ago today:

In Boston, hundreds of walls and chimneys collapsed and fell to the ground. John Adams, one of many people who reported on the quake, noted that the tremors lasted for about four minutes. In Pembroke and Scituate chasms opened in the earth and sand reached the surface. Sailors on the sea felt as if the ships were striking land. The earthquake was felt from Lake George, New York to 200 miles east of the cape and from Chesapeake Bay to Montreal and Nova Scotia. ...

It also knocked the grasshopper off Faneuil Hall and, as Michael adds, was blamed on Benjamin Franklin, because God was expressing his ire at Franklin's attempt to stop divine lightning from smoting sinners with his newfangled lightning rods. Modern scientists estimate it between 6.0 and 6.3 on the Richter scale.

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