Local earthquakes are subject of discussion at museum

July 23, 2010|By CHRIS COPLEY

A year ago, amateur geologist Alan Hedges and Marie Byers, executive director of Discovery Station children's museum in Hagerstown, came up with an outlandish, eye-catching title for a geology talk for Hedges to present at the museum.

"Could an earthquake happen in Washington County?" Ha-ha.

And then, last week, a quake shook the Washington, D.C., region at 5 in the morning on Friday. And, suddenly, Byers and Hedges look astute.

Hedges chuckles at the concidental timing, but he admits he was just lucky. Washington County is not very seismically active.

"Yes, we could have one here, but this one is not an active area," Hedges said. "On the East Coast, Maine is active. There's a mid-range active area along the Shenandoah. And there's an old fault that runs under Smithsburg, right under my house. But it's old."

Hedges will talk about local earthquakes at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at Discovery Station. The children's museum is at 101 West Washington Street in downtown Hagerstown. Admission to the museum costs $5 to $7; there is no additional cost to attend the earthquake presentation.


If you go ...

WHAT: Amateur geologist Alan Hedges presents a talk - "Could an Earthquake Happen in Washington County?"

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24

WHERE: Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown.

COST: Admission to Discovery Station costs $5 to $7; there's no additional cost to attend the presentation on earthquakes.

CONTACT: Call 301-790-0076 or go to .

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