Seismologists Research Unusual Shaking in Bellefonte

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The Bellefonte Community, shaken, by what some are saying sound like explosions.

“All of a sudden it was like…boom, I mean like somebody ran into the building,” Chuck Witherite, Sales Associate for Triangle Building Supplies, said.
He says near the high school in Bellefonte says he was at work when he heard and felt what he thought was explosives being set off.
“This sounded like somebody was setting off charges,” Witherite.
Andrew Nyblade, professor of Geosciences at Penn State says the Pennsylvania State Seismic Network has four seismic stations  in Centre County that measure ground movement:
-Penn State
-Bald Eagle State Park,
-Kettle Creek State park
-Standing Stone 
They registered 10 seismic events Thursday from 9:30 am to 2:30pm.
“The data we collected are consistent with a series of small earthquakes, natural occurring earthquakes, but the data are not conclusive, and so there is a possibility that there could have been some collapse events in mine tunnels or maybe collapse events related to sinkholes in the region,” Nyblade, said.”


Chuck says he’s never felt anything like this in Bellefonte and wasn’t sure what to do…  

“I was wondering if we should take off if the building was going to fall down.”

Professor Nyblade says they are continuing to gather data and investigate what actually did cause the shakes.
 

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