Seismologists to study hoopla over tremorsCOLUMBIA -- New...

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April 06, 1993|By From Staff Reports

HOWARD COUNTY COLUMBIA — Seismologists to study hoopla over tremors

COLUMBIA -- New York seismologists studying Howard County's recent spate of small earthquakes are also seeking to analyze the psychology of why the quakes are receiving so much attention.

Sunday afternoon's twin tremors near Route 32 and U.S. 29 -- the 10th and 11th earthquakes to occur in the county since March 10 -- registered only 1.5 on the Richter scale, yet were reported in the New York Times. Philadelphia newspapers have also carried stories on the quakes.

"It's partly because they are occurring so near Washington and there is so much media," said seismologist John G. Armbruster, a research scientist from Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory in Palisades, N.Y.

Sunday's tremors occurred two minutes apart, beginning at 1:31 p.m., said Dr. Kelvin Ramsey, an associate scientist at the Delaware Geological Survey.

Mr. Armbruster and fellow Lamont Doherty seismologist Leonardo Seeber returned to New York 10 days ago after setting up monitoring equipment at four Columbia residences. They plan to return with "fancier" equipment in about a week, he said.

Man's drowning ruled accidental

COLUMBIA

COLUMBIA -- Medical examiners have ruled that the drowning of a 23-year-old man whose body was found Saturday in Jackson's Pond in the village of Long Reach was accidental.

Albert Chadwick Garant of the 5400 block of New Grange Garth, Columbia, was an epileptic.

State medical examiners determined yesterday that he may have had a seizure and fallen into the water.

Two teen-agers who were fishing discovered Mr. Garant's body in the pond, three feet from the bank, about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Howard County police said.

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