Seeing the Earth move in Merrimack
By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent | July 14. 2014 8:10PM
Yvette Couser, director of the Merrimack Public Library, stands with the library's new seismograph available for citizen use. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/Union Leader Correspondent)
“We want to get children excited about science, and this is a great opportunity for them,” said Yvette Couser, director of the Merrimack Public Library. “There are even adults who have expressed interest in our seismograph project, and want to begin studying this as a hobby.”
While there are many libraries and schools within Massachusetts that have the instruments available for public use, there are none in New Hampshire, according to Couser.
Marilyn Bibeau, administrator associate director for the BCESP, said she hopes that other libraries in New Hampshire will become part of the program. Currently, there are more than 35 seismographs participating in the project, with most of them stationed in Massachusetts.
The educational resource will not only encourage Earth studies, but will also incorporate engineering, physics, geology and more, said Bibeau.
An invitation-only ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 6:30 tonight to celebrate the seismograph’s installation. The event will be followed by a public meeting titled “Earthquakes and the Environment: Humility in the Face of the Power of Nature,” presented by Alan Kafka, an associate professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College.