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After a 4.0-Magnitude Quake in Ohio, a Flurry of 911 Calls

Residents weren't sure what caused the shaking
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2019 2:21 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Some Ohio residents were a little rattled at 10:50am Monday. The US Geological Survey confirmed a 4.0-magnitude earthquake was detected in Lake Erie some 2.5 miles north of Eastlake and just northeast of Cleveland; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources put it at 4.2. Cleveland.com reports it's just the sixth earthquake in the state to measure at or above 4.0 since 1950, with the strongest being a 4.96-magnitude quake that hit Lake County on Jan. 31, 1986.

Cleveland.com separately reports there have been five other quakes recorded in the state in 2019; they ranged in magnitude from 1.8 to 2.5. ODNR reports most people can usually feel earthquakes that reach or exceed a magnitude threshold of 3.5. No damage was reported after Monday's quake, but WOIO reports a flurry of 911 calls were made in various cities from residents concerned and confused about the shaking. (Read more earthquake stories.)

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