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USGS reports 4.0-magnitude earthquake centered in Lake Erie

Posted: 11:36 AM, Jun 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-10 15:37:56Z
USGS reports 4.0-magnitude earthquake centered in Lake Erie
USGS reports 4.0-magnitude earthquake centered in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The United States Geological Survey reports a 4.0-magnitude earthquake was centered in Lake Erie, just north of Eastlake, Ohio at 10:50 a.m. local time today.

Residents across a wide swath of Northeast Ohio reported feeling an earthquake Monday morning.

Areas included Euclid and Mentor, both of whose fire departments confirmed feeling a rumbling.

In a tweet, the City of Mentor said dispatch is overwhelmed with 911 calls.

According USGS, 220 people reported feeling the earthquake.

News 5 journalist Bob Fenner reported feeling a "rumble" in Mentor around 10:50 a.m., and his wife felt it in Willoughby.

There are no reported power outages at this time.

Since 1836, Northeastern Ohio has experienced more than 100 earthquakes, many of them beneath Lake Erie offshore from Lake County. While many of the earthquakes caused little to no damage, an earthquake on January 31, 1986, in southern Lake County, shook the state and was felt in 10 other states and southern Canada, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

ODNR says little is known about Ohio's earthquakes. Those in Ohio appear to be associated with ancient zones of weakness in the Earth's crust that formed during rifting and collision events about a billion years ago.