After 3 Recent Earthquakes, Peabody to Host Public Forum to Address Concerns

The meeting is scheduled for Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.

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City officials in Peabody, Massachusetts, will host a public forum next week to address three recent earthquakes that shook the city.

The meeting, scheduled for Aug. 26 at 6 p.m., will be hosted by Mayor Edward Bettencourt Jr., along with Boston College professor of geophysics John Ebel and a representative from the United States Geographical Survey, according to an announcement Thursday. 

"What I think we're seeing right now is what we call an earthquake swarm, which is just a series of small earthquakes that take place over anywhere from hours to days," Ebel told NBC10 Boston.

They could mean something bigger is coming, or not, and understands people may be concerned.

The first of the two earthquakes took place on July 25. The 1.4 magnitude quake was felt in the city’s immediate surrounding communities, including Danvers, Salem, Lynnfield, Wakefield and the Merrimack Valley.  

Officials in Peabody are trying to get to the bottom of a series of booms being reported.

On Aug. 4, a second earthquake struck the city, with a slightly lower magnitude of 1.2. No injuries or damage were reported from either event, though city officials have received reports from residents who have heard “loud bangs, some of which have caused their homes to shake,” Bettencourt Jr. said in a statement. 

A 1.3 magnitude quake was reported at approximately 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to NBC 10 Boston's Chief Meteorologist Matt Noyes.

Next week's forum will be held in Wiggin Auditorium at Peabody City Hall and is open to the public.

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