Yes, There Was Just a Minor Earthquake in Cleveland


  • USGS map of today's earthquake zone

No, you're not hallucinating, Dan Chaon. Yes, that was a minor earthquake in Northeast Ohio this morning shortly after 10:50 a.m. that was felt from Lorain out west to Ashtabula in the east. Preliminary reports from the United States Geological Survey put it at about a 4.0 on the magnitude scale, which is to say stronger than some recent earthquakes but still minor, and centered about 4 kilometers north-northwest of Eastlake.

Minor quakes on the North Shore are not an uncommon experience — there have been some 200 over 2.0 magnitude levels recorded since the birth of America — with the eastern most quakes centered around Lake County and some of the more modern quakes being tied to fracking.

If history is any guide, residents will call 911 for no reason but to ask hey, was that really an earthquake?

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