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Seismic testing nodes stolen in Murrysville

Patrick Varine
| Monday, March 12, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
Above, a typical geophone, or seismic testing receiver, shown next to an adult hand for scale.
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Above, a typical geophone, or seismic testing receiver, shown next to an adult hand for scale.

Nine seismic testing sensors were stolen from properties along Manorvue Court last week, according to Murrysville police.

An employee from Geokinetics, the Houston firm conducting seismic testing throughout the east suburbs on behalf of Monroeville driller Huntley & Huntley, reported on March 9 that nine of its testing “nodes,” which were placed in the right-of-way on properties along Manorvue Court on March 5, had been removed.

During seismic testing, specially-outfitted trucks create vibrations in the ground that are recorded by the nodes, also called geophones, which provide information about the geological conditions at a location. The devices are placed a few inches into the ground.

The sensors are valued at about $1,500 each.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Murrysville police at 724-327-2100, ext. 200.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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