A 4.0 magnitude earthquake shook the Cleveland area at 10:50 a.m. Monday.
The quake was centered about 2.5 miles north, northwest of Eastlake and about three miles below the surface, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Eastlake is about 18 miles north east of downtown Cleveland.
The quake was felt as far south as the Akron and Canton areas.
“In my office in Richfield thinking `What is shaking the shelves? Or in that a critter in the wall?,” Christen Varley posted on the Beacon Journal’s Facebook page.
“I’m glad it was an earthquake. I was not interested in dealing with mice,” Varley said.
Dennis Miller posted on the Beacon’s Facebook page, “Felt in Copley, light but felt it… still shook the house.”
In Bath, next to Copley, Barb Nonno, said here desk swayed back and forth. “It was super short. I picked up my water glass so it wouldn’t spill,” she posted on Facebook.
Colleen McCauley Piscetta, of Medina County, felt the quake while working in Highland Heights, closer to the where the quake was centered. “Nothing like a lil’ Ohio earthquake,” she posted on her Facebook page. “The place rumbled and (you) could feel it in your chest.”
Earthquakes too small to cause damage are felt two or three times per decade in Ohio, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Anna earthquake on March 9, 1937, in Shelby County Ohio, was the strongest earthquake to strike Ohio, with an estimated magnitude of 5.4, according to the Geological Survey division.
Seismographs were not readily available at that time; however, based on the “felt area” of the earthquake and the damage that occurred in Anna and surrounding communities, the U.S. Geological Survey assigned a magnitude of 5.4 to this earthquake.
In 1986 a 5.0 tremor shook Northeast Ohio and became the most intensively studied Ohio earthquake. That’s because researchers had never traced an epicenter so close to a U.S. nuclear reactor. Perry Power Nuclear Plant was 11 miles from the epicenter, in Lake County, just north of the Geauga County line.
The facility, built to withstand a 6.0 shock, suffered no structural damage, a spokesman for FirstEnergy, said in 2006. FirstEnergy owned the plant that year. It is now owned by FirstEnergy Solutions.
Although newspapers in 1986 reported 17 people being treated for injuries in the “epicentral area,” only two injuries were a direct result of the earthquake, the Ohio Division of Natural Resource’s Geological Survey division said. A woman received minor cuts from falling ceiling tile in a Mentor shopping mall and a child received a minor cut from broken window glass at Lake Erie College in Painesville.
No one has died from injuries from an Ohio earthquake, according to the Geological Survey division.