Cleveland and surrounding areas had an earthquake today at 1:45 p.m.. According to this blog, the Cleveland earthquake was felt from the near west side to eastern and southern suburbs. Akron posters report feeling the shake as well, and one poster commented that the earthquake lasted four minutes.
I live in a southwest suburb of Cleveland, and I felt a minor shaking, as if a truck was going down our small suburban street. I didn’t think anything of it because it was really minor, and, had I not been sitting still, I probably would have missed the whole thing. I didn’t find out it was an actual earthquake until a friend told me about it.
One comment on the blog by newsdiva1389 reports that the earthquake was felt by friends as far away as Erie, Pennsylvania. Most of the reports are from the eastern cities. Several reports were from people who were at work in downtown Cleveland on the higher floors.
The earthquake epicenter was in Val des Bois, Quebec, Canada. According to The Ottawa Citizen website, the earthquake was measured as a 5.5 on the Richter scale, according to the United States Geologic Survey. This report states that the quake was felt as far away as Columbus, Ohio, and Flint, Michigan, and it lasted only 20 seconds.
Windows were reported broken in the Rideau Centre in Ottawa. The Parliamentary Precinct was evacuated, as was the city’s office on Constellation Crescent, where it was reported that the nine-story building could be felt swaying.
The epicenter of the earthquake in Quebec is 500 miles from Cleveland. Reports of earthquakes from the Mentor area in Ohio are common. Most of these quakes originate under Lake Erie and near Lake County, and range from 2.0-3.8 on the Richter scale. Lakeland Community College in Lake County has a seismic monitor to keep track of all the Lake Erie tremors.
By the time the earthquake reached Cleveland, it was just a minor shake that most people missed. If they did feel some shaking, it was easily explained away by a truck or train. No damage has been reported in Cleveland or any surrounding areas, but the Twinsburg police department did report getting a couple of calls reporting the tremor.
I’m sure many more reports will come from people feeling the earthquake in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and possibly New York.