Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Oct. 16 earthquake was felt by some, but not others.
Wondering why you didn't feel the Oct. 16 earthquake? It was felt by some people in towns west of Boston, but not by others -- even when they live in the same town. Earthquake shaking tends to be amplified in areas where there are soft soil conditions, according John Ebel, director of the Weston Observatory, which studies and monitors earthquakes. If you live near a landfill, you will likely feel shaking more strongly than if you live on rock formations, Ebel said. Also, some buildings have a stronger tendency to shake more than others, Ebel said. For example, some residents near the Virginia earthquake in 2011 felt the tremors, while others did not, he said. Ebel spoke to Patch in the wake of the earthquake, after Twitter and Facebook lit…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A 4.5 magnitude quake in Maine shook homes in Boston Tuesday night.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Did you feel that shaking? An earthquake near Lake Arrowhead, Maine rattled homes and teeth all the way down into Boston Tuesday night. Preliminary measurements by the U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred 16.8 miles underground and hit 4.5 on the Richter Scale. Lake Arrowhead is about 31 miles west of Portland. Did you feel the earthquake? Or are you sure people are overreacting? Tell us in the comments below!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
A girl's best friend, new teachers, a candidate emerges, arrests and some wild weather this week in Lexington.
Oh what a week this was in Lexington. The week began with video of a young Lexington girl meeting her new best friend, a 2-year-old Labrador retreiver she received from Canine Companions for Independence, a nation wide non-profit organization that trains and provides assistance dogs for persons with disabilities other than blindness. But what followed that hear-warming piece took a turn for the worse, as police incidents revealed an OUI arrest and an investigation into an alleged drive-by involving a BB gun and some soda. An earthquake shook the East Coast Tuesday afternoon, but didn't have much of an impact on Lexington as dispatch received no quake-related calls. Before the shaking got started, school officials welcomed about 60 new …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Dealing with earthquake aftershock.
Apparently the Aug. 23 earthquake didn’t just change the Virginia and Washington, D.C. landscape. It created a new addition on our town website. There’s a new earthquake preparedness paragraph in the "News & Events" section of the site. It starts by offering more detailed information about the 5.8 (or 5.9 depending upon the news source) magnitude earthquake that hit Mineral, Virginia, and links to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's site. The quake was felt in Washington, D.C. more than 80 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter. It goes on to tell us that several aftershocks were felt in New England. FEMA provided common sense earthquake guidelines, which town officials posted to the website. According to one reliable source, the …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Looking for reactions to yesterday's earthquake and advising about upcoming water flushing.
Yesterday’s earthquake occurred in Virginia, but, according to friends and family, it hit the Northeast and was felt as far away as Toronto, Canada. There was a lot of chatter and my phone never stopped ringing with calls from Washington, D.C. and New York. Patrick asked if anyone here in Lexington felt the earthquake. We also wondered if you shared phone calls and conversations with relatives and friends who felt or heard about the earthquake. Lexington had earthquakes in the 18th and 19th centuries, according to Edwin Worthen’s "A Calendar History." Back then, this was an agrarian society and residents didn’t have cyber connections, so they probably leaned against fences and talked. Eventually word got around. Now it's easier to convey …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A earthquake centered in the Washington, D.C. area has been felt in the Boston area, but officials in Lexington have not fielded any quake-related calls. Share your earthquake experiences in the comments section below.
The magnitude 5.9 earthquake that occurred in Virginia shortly before 2 p.m. this afternoon was felt as far up the eastern seaboard as Greater Boston, according to WCBTV and several other reports. But here in Lexington, no one appears to have been shaken up -- at least not enough to report it. A dispatcher at the Lexington Police Department said the station has not received a single quake-related call. And the usual suspects on the interwebs -- Facebook, Twitter and the popular Yahoo Group -- have been more or less on the subject. While no one has reported feeling the earthquake in Lexington, some have said friends and family experienced some shaking. In response to a query on Lexington Patch's Facebook page, Stephanie Collins …