Minor earthquake shakes northeast Ohio
ASHTABULA, Ohio (CNN) -- A minor earthquake rolled through northeastern Ohio late Thursday, knocking down chimneys, damaging rooftops and
shaking gutters off of houses, but no injuries were reported, officials
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Bill Smith, of the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado, said the quake measured 4.2 in magnitude and was centered 10 miles north/northwest of Ashtabula, a city about 55 miles northeast of Cleveland. That would put the earthquake's origination point in Lake Erie.
Don Lansbury, a dispatcher for the Ashtabula Police Department, said half
of the city's phone service was out in the wake of the temblor, and some
residents reported they had no electricity.
One underground gas line burst in the quake but officials said it was a
minor incident and no one was injured or evacuated because of it.
Mike Clayman, an engineer at the Ashtabula Fire Department, said the
quake came with a strong jolt.
"All our lamps here at the fire station fell off the tables," he said.
"It sounded like an explosion, we thought something blew up."
A resident of Brunswick, about 15 miles south of Cleveland, also felt the
"A few minutes after 10 o'clock, I heard this huge noise and this
rumbling," said Kate O'Connor. "Several pictures fell off the wall, my salt
shaker fell off the table and broke, and a statuette in my bathroom is broken."
O'Connor said the shaking lasted for about 10 seconds.
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