UPDATE | No damge in local quake that was felt in Boardman and Poland
LOWELLVILLE — A 2.8-magnitude earthquake shook the village at 2:26 this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but there were no reports of injuries or property damage.
The earthquake occurred at 41.017°N, 80.537°W at a depth of 2 kilometers, or 1.2 miles, according to the USGS wesite. The approximate epicenter was east of Poland, not far from the Pennsylvania border.
According to initial reports, no injuries or property damage were reported, though police fielded a number of calls.
Dr. Raymond Beiersdorfer, professor of geology at Youngstown State University, said there are no injection wells in that area, but the Ohio Departments of Natural Resources shows horizontal shale wells nearby.
“A working hypothesis that the earthquake is related to the fracking, if proven correct, would not be the first documented case of fracking causing earthquakes,” he said in a statement.
Lowellville Mayor Jim Iudiciani said the closest well to the epicenter was one drilled by Hilcorp near the BFI-Carbon Limestone Sanitary Landfill.
Poland Township police received four calls about an earthquake around 2:30 a.m. The calls came from North Lima Road, Blue Ridge Drive, Kennedy Road and Robinson Street.
None of the homes were damaged. Police said the caller from Blue Ridge Drive said the house shook, but was not damaged.
Boardman police also received several calls around 2:30 a.m. because of the earthquake. Authorities said the calls came through on the 911 emergency line and the nonemergency lines from residents throughout the township.
Boardman police did not have specifics on the calls because there were no injuries or building damage.
The Mahoning Valley hasn’t felt a significant earthquake since New Year’s Eve in 2011, when a 4.0- magnitude earthquake shook the area.