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1.6 magnitude earthquake reported near Eastlake

The February 1 quake marks the fifth event of its kind in the area so far in 2022.

EASTLAKE, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a previously published, related story.

Yet another earthquake has been recorded near Lake County! 

Just days after a 2.0 magnitude quake hit off the coast of Willowick on January 29, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) says that a 1.6 magnitude shake occurred Tuesday evening about five miles out from Eastlake. 

The event, which marks the fifth earthquake in the Lake County area since January 1, had a depth of 8 kilometers and stuck just around 8:30 p.m. eastern.

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The stark rise in earthquakes has caused concern for some and is considered unusual in comparison to typical patterns for the Northeast Ohio area. 

All four of the previous earthquakes that have hit the area have also struck near the fault line that caused the 2019 4.0 magnitude quake. 

Jeff Fox with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources spoke previously about how the department continues to monitor the area. 

"We already have a seismometer in Lake County at the Lake Erie Bluffs,” Fox said. “This summer we're actually going to go and improve that site because we're getting a lot more activity there now, we're able to detect more activity.”

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