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Wellesley feels effects of Virginia's earthquake

Posted by Derek McLean  August 24, 2011 11:03 AM

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The ripple effects of 5.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Virginia were felt all the way in Wellesley this afternoon.

Multiple calls were made by residents and businesses to the Police Department's emergency and nonemergency lines at around 2 p.m. reporting feeling the earthquake, said Lieutenant Marie Cleary.

“There was no damage to anything,” Cleary said.

“One business did evacuate on their own accord,” said Cleary, referring to an unnamed medical building on Worcester Street. “They had no damage. The building department and the building inspector went and inspected the building and found no structural damage.”

Cleary said most of the calls the Police Department received were people inquiring if there was an earthquake or not. “We took a couple of minutes to confirm that. There was indeed the earthquake there in Virginia and that we were having aftershocks,” she said. “So over a period of a couple minutes there were multiple calls.”

After a few minutes went by, the Police Department did not receive any further inquiries.

Derek McLean can be reached at dbmclean1@gmail.com.

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