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Magnitude 4.0 earthquake reported in Cleveland area

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Jun 10, 2019 at 5:29 PM

CLEVELAND — The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a magnitude 4.0 earthquake centered in Lake Erie off the coast of Eastlake shook Northeast Ohio at 10:50 a.m. today.

Residents across a wide swath of Northeast Ohio reported feeling an earthquake Monday morning, with many saying it felt like a car hit their homes, Cleveland News Channel 5 reported.

A Twitter post for the city of Mentor account states this: “We are waiting for the experts to affirm what was probably an earthquake here in NEO but please tune in to the news. Dispatch is being overwhelmed with 911 calls - we don't know anymore than you do at this point.”

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said an aftershock of 2.2 was detected eight minutes later at 10:58 a.m., according to Cleveland.com.

Although most people do not think of Ohio as an earthquake-prone state, at least 200 earthquakes with epicenters in Ohio have been felt since 1776, according to an article titled “Earthquakes and Seismic Risk in Ohio” on the ODNR Division of Geological Survey website. In addition, a number of earthquakes with origins outside Ohio have been felt in the state. Most of these earthquakes have been felt only locally and have caused no damage or injuries.

At least 15 earthquakes have caused minor to moderate damage in Ohio. No deaths and only a few minor injuries were reported.

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