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That shake was an earthquake



Published: Tue, August 23, 2011 @ 2:16 p.m.

If you felt a shake, it was indeed a pretty significant earthquake.

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit West Virginia at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, and the aftershock was felt as far west as Columbus, said E. Mac Swinford, assistant state geologist with the Ohio Division of Natural Resources.

“The nature of the geology of the Midwest is that it is uninterrupted bed rock units, so the energy travels great distance unlike California, where the rocks are all busted up and the energy lessens quickly,” Swinford said.

Swinford said at about 1:57 p.m., the aftershocks were felt on the 10th floor of a building in Columbus.

If a 5.8-magnitude earthquake had an epicenter in Ohio, Swinford said it would have set a state record. The most impactful was a 5.4-magnitude in 1937.

The Mahoning Valley’s most recent earthquake was a magnitude 2.6 back on March 17.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury in the Valley. The county-owned Oakhill Renaissance Place, famously evacuated in the last quake, was evacuated again, according to a Vindicator photographer.The J.C. Penneys store in the Eastwood Mall in Niles was also reportedly evacuated briefly, a mall official said.


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1bratwoman(24 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Just in case any of the multiple commenters who queried whether the hundreds or so employees went home on your tax dollars--please feel safe in the knowledge that we are all fine, back at work in the building, and that the clientele are being served.

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2Ytownnative(1048 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

you mean back at the computer, online, wasting our tax dollars?

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3jrolley325(800 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

lol at both of those comments

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4oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

There was a magnitude 2.2 centered near salt springs road at 4 am on 22 of August Details here ---> http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquake...

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5Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I was on the couch catching up on my television time when I felt the nudging of the couch and the pictures on the wall every so gently rising away from the wall then gently back to the wall.

I thought to myself, " That's it fatazz... You about to fall through the floor and you're wife is gonna tell you -I told you so-.

I still sat on that couch though, my demise was in fates hand, and I stayed because if I did fall through the floor then I'd have weeks to recoup... on a newer couch in front of the TV.

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6VindyPost(436 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Earthquake? Naw...it's Gov. John Kasich temper-tantrum recognizing his FAULT line!

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7NilesOhio(739 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The one on Salt Springs Rd. was probably just another package being crushed by FedEx. No cause for alarm. :)

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8MrAnderson(1 comment)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I had dismissed the shaking to the road crew paving 45 just outside the house.

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9VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I was on the road to Chardon...never felt a thing.

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10republicanRick(1169 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Tim Ryan immediately blamed the Tea Party for the earthquake.

Betram pinned the blame squarely on the Cafaros.

Ron Verb hysterically blasted FOX News and said it was a plot to damage the Washington Monument.

The Vindicator editorial board blamed the Vietnam war, Richard Nixon, and Big Oil.

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11AtownAugie(701 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

C'mon, folks: we shouldn't be so focused on our small, insignificant lives. THE important thing is that our president wasn't distrubed! He was just about to tee-off for an oh-too-rare round of golf. Thank goodness he wasn't putting! That quake *might* have disturbed his famous "laser focus!" (You know, that laser focus he's said so many times he uses on that word Biden said has three letters -- j o b s.) Thank goodness it didn't disturb him! (Thank goodness! Or maybe thank Allah?)

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12bratwoman(24 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

LOL @ atownAugie

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