HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — After a series of earthquakes, rattled residents gathered in an auditorium in Plainfield, Connecticut to find out how to prepare if a bigger one hits.
Plainfield First Selectman Paul E. Sweet and Dr. Alan Kafka, director of the Weston Observatory at Boston College, addressed residents’ concerns while warning that a bigger earthquake is indeed a possibility.
“Is it possible that we would have a larger quake? The answer is yes,” Sweet said.
As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, state officials spent most of the earlier day Friday in a meeting to come up with a game plan to keep residents safe – treating earthquakes like any natural disaster.
“Whether you’re talking about hurricanes or snowstorms and now earthquakes, it’s all the same kind of common sense policies and practices,” said Commissioner Dora B. Schriro, of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
But that was little comfort to rattled residents who fear another bigger earthquake could strike at any moment.
About a dozen earthquakes have occurred between Plainfield and Danielson in the span of four days — and First Selectman Paul Sweet said people want information.
“We’ve been through floods, we’ve been through hurricanes, we’ve been through tornadoes, but we never had an earthquake,” Sweet told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane. “Sixty years I’ve been on the planet, I haven’t ever experienced an earthquake and just about everybody who lives in this town has not experienced it. It’s new and there’s a lot of unknown and a lot of anxieties.”