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Weston Observatory Portable Seismic Stations Deployed to Plainfield, CT

Weston Observatory deployed several portable seismic stations to Plainfield, CT to monitor an on-going earthquake swarm.

A real-time list of earthquakes can be found here.

Several notable news articles regarding the swarm:

NBC Connecticut- 9th Earthquake Rattles Eastern Connecticut

Hartford Courant- Recent 'Swarm' Of Earthqukaes Not Entirely Uncommon In New England

WFSB 3 Hartford- Nearly a dozen earthquakes in seven days rock eastern Connecticut


Earthquake Rattles Nerves in Exeter Area - New Hampshire Union Leader news report

"Quakes can be felt starting at a magnitude of about 1.5, but Kafka said most aren’t widely felt until they reach a 3.0 on the Richter scale."



Weston Observatory Annual Appeal

Weston Observatory is conducting its first annual fundraiser! The goal of this appeal is to fundraise for our educational outreach programs: the BC-ESP and the Evening Colloquium Series as well to continue to provide the general public with up-to-date information on both local and worldwide earthquakes.

Please Donate today!


2014-2015 Colloquium Series at Weston Observatory

Awe and Wonder: Where Science and Religion Meet
Click Here for Video of Colloquium Presented
by Rabbi Randy Kafka on November 12, 2014

Rabbi Randy Kafka (Temple Kol Tikvah, Sharon, MA) was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2008, and received a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Harvard University in 1989. She is the author of "Bloom Where You Are Planted: A Spiritual Guide to Putting Down Roots," and blogs at She is married to Dr. Alan Kafka, Director of Weston Observatory.

Stay Tuned for more upcoming Weston Observatory Educational and Publiuc Outreach events.


Weston Observatory in the News

NPR interview with Dr. John Ebel, Senior Research Scientist at Weston Observatory and Department Chair for Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College.

Investigating Strange Noises Coming From The Earth


Our educational seismologist, Stacy Moulis, and her BC-ESP class of sixth graders at Amesbury Middle School were featured in the Newburyport Current.

Click here to read the article


2013 Nature's Fury Challenge

Weston Observatory and the 2013 NATURE’S FURY℠ Challenge

The NATURE’S FURY℠ Challenge brings together over 200,000 children, ages 9 to 16, from over 70 countries and explores the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. In particular, teams identify problems that happen in a community when a natural disaster strikes and create innovative solutions that helps people prepare, stay safe and rebuild. Weston Observatory staff assisted several local teams in explaining the history of earthquakes in New England and identifying the requirements of local communities to properly prepare for an earthquake.

Learn More

Thunderbots team video with Weston Observatory staff