4.2 Lake Erie earthquake strikes Cleveland area
EASTLAKE, Ohio – An earthquake registering 4.2 was detected in Lake Erie, a half-mile north of Eastlake, shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said.
An ODNR spokesman said the first aftershock of 2.2 was detected eight minutes later at 10:58 a.m. Both recordings are considered preliminary, said Eric Heis, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Little damage was reported. There were reports of houses shaking, and things such as books falling off shelves.
ODNR initially reported the quake at 4.4, then revised it down to a still preliminary 4.2. If confirmed at 4.2, it would mark just the sixth Ohio earthquake of at least 4.0 since 1950. Also, the U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake at 4.0.
Information from multiple seismic stations are taken into account, Heis said.
The closest recording location to Monday’s earthquake is Lake Erie Bluffs seismic station, operated under a joint agreement between ODNR and the Lake Metroparks.
Jeff Fox, a seismologist from the Ohio Geological Survey, said the earthquake was widely felt south toward Akron and Canton, north into Ontario, east into Ashtabula county and west to Sandusky. Fox said there were at least four aftershocks, ranging from 2.1 to 2.5 magnitude.
Reaction was swift on social media, with reports of people feeling the earthquake mainly from throughout Lake County and parts of Cuyahoga County. Mapping by the U.S. Geological Survey showed reports of mostly light or no damage.