Residents pack earthquake meeting

PLAINFIELD, CT (WPRI) — 11 minor earthquakes have rattled eastern Connecticut since last week, and many residents are worried it will keep happening.

“Oh my, it was terrbile. I was here. It was a big boom,” Plainfield resident Dorothy Humes told Eyewitness News.

“Sounded like explosions and it was really scary,” Teresa Dow agreed.

Plainfield town officials held an informational meeting Friday night at the high school in an attempt to calm those fears. Hundreds of people showed up to the meeting, where it was explained that while they are not as frequent as quakes on the West Coast, they can happen in New England.

Officials offered some precautions families can take to stay safe in the event of another tremor, which include bolting appliances and bookcases to wall studs, learning how to shut off gas and water lines, and keeping an emergency supply kit.

“It’s not quite as scary to me now because it could happen but I don’t think it’s going to be any time soon,” Dow said.

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