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2.8 magnitude earthquake rattles offshore near Eastlake

It happened around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday.

TIMBERLAKE, Ohio — Did you feel it?

A 2.8 magnitude earthquake rattled Lake County on Tuesday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The USGS reports the quake happened offshore approximately 1.9 miles northwest of Timberlake -- which is near Eastlake -- with a depth of five kilometers. To be more specific, the USGS says the quake's location was recorded at 41.686°N  81.469°W.

The quake, which was originally reported as a 2.7 magnitude event, happened around 8:20 a.m.

With news of the earthquake surfacing, a few people have told 3News they felt the shaking in areas that include Eastlake, Chesterland and Mentor. One joked the situation was merely "disappointed Browns fans jumping up and down in disgust."

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You may remember the same region experienced a 4.0 magnitude earthquake back on June 10, 2019. 3News' Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling said that earthquake was recorded 3.1 miles deep and 2.5 miles from Eastlake.

In fact, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources believes the quake hit around the same point as the 2019 one, on a fault line in Lake Erie. These recent occurrences have them looking into deeper research of the region, which they report as their most active region in Ohio over the last 5 to 7 years.

"We already have a seismometer in Lake County at the Lake Erie Bluffs. 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,” says ODNR seismologist Jeff Fox. “So we want to get a even deeper station in there, and maybe put in a temporary network up there that could become permanent to kind of saturate the area of seismometers to better understand what’s going on."

ODNR says you can help too, by reporting what you felt from the quake. You can find a way to do that, here.


Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated article on Dec. 29, 2021.

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