Published On: Tue, Jun 11th, 2019

Ohio earthquake: US fears rise as quake strikes Cleveland, in extremely rare event

Cleveland was hit by a magnitude-4.0 earthquake, capable of causing significant damage, occurred just north of Eastlake, Ohio. The earthquake struck at a depth of 5km at 2.50pm UTC on June 10. More than 8,000 people has so far reported feeling the earthquake, which occurred late last night.

The majority of reports rate the intensity as weak to light, USGS reports.

The extremely rare event occurred in a region not usually associated with significant seismic activity, and many residents contacted emergency services after the quake.

The City of Mentor officials confirmed its operators are “overwhelmed with 911 calls,” but they “are waiting for the experts to affirm what was probably an earthquake here.”

The City of Mentor tweeted: “Please don’t call 911 unless you are having an emergency.”

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The Ohio Department of Transportation captured the earthquake on multiple traffic cameras.

Many social media users expressed their shock with the earthquake and its location.

One local tweeted: ”This Ohio we are not supposed to get earthquakes or tornadoes just bad weather, snow 6 months out the year and know that Ohio state football will beat Michigan in football every year.”

And another added: “We really just got hit by an earthquake in NE Ohio something ain’t right here.”

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Local sports reporter Nate Barnes said: ”For the first time since I lived in California, I’m pretty sure I felt an earthquake…in Ohio?”.

Other social media users were not quite sure what shook them. One Twitter user wrote: “My house was just shaking was that a earthquake?”

While Ohio is not considered by most people to be an earthquake-prone state, there have been at least 200 earthquakes with epicentres in Ohio since 1776, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Shaking has also been felt in Ohio with several earthquakes that struck outside of the state, such as earthquakes with epicentres in Pennsylvania or Kentucky.

The majority of these recorded Ohio earthquakes have been felt only locally and have caused no damage or injuries.

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