Sudbury CERT Presentation: “Great Earthquakes of Olde New England, 1638-1800”

Published December 7, 2007 | Community Emergency Response Team | Updated October 17, 2017 | Automatically Archived on 1/16/2008

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Contact: Carole Flynn, CERT volunteer

Sudbury, MA, November 29, 2007

The Sudbury Community Emergency Response Team, CERT, presents a free and very entertaining talk by New England folklorist John Horrigan, entitled, “Great Earthquakes of Olde New England, 1638-1800,” January 15, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, at the Sudbury Goodnow Library, located at 21 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA.

Today, New Englanders tend to overlook the possibilities of earthquakes happening here, but we have a long history of earthquakes. This lively talk will center on some temblors of the 16th century as relayed to Roger Williams by Native Inhabitants, the Boston Earthquakes of 1638 and 1663, the Littleton Earthquake of 1668, the Brockton Earthquake of 1697, the Cape Ann Earthquakes of 1727, 1744 and 1755, and conclude with a brief interlude on the “Boston Shaker of 1800.” Also discussed will be the non-impact on Boston of the New Madrid Seismic Event of 1811 and 1812.

Mr. Horrigan is a New England Folklorist and “pocket historian” who has lectured on historical fires, weather and astronomical events such as “The Great Hurricane of 1938,” “Winters of The Revolution,” “The Great Brant Rock Fire,” “The Great Nantucket Fire,” and “The Night The Stars Fell,” in addition to “Great Earthquakes of Olde New England, 1638-1800.”

Earthquakes are one type of natural disaster, and Sudbury Fire Chief Kenneth MacLean will complement Mr. Horrigan’s talk with a presentation on other natural disasters and Emergency Preparedness.

Maximum seating capacity is 100, and space is available on a first-come basis. To reserve your seat, contact CERT volunteer Carole Flynn by phone, 978-443-2421, or email,, by January 10, 2008, for what promises to be a very interesting evening. For more information on the Sudbury Community Emergency Response Team, email: or visit the Sudbury CERT website: