Earthquake reported in southeast Ohio Wednesday

The epicenter of the earthquake in southeast Ohio on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (CREDIT: USGS).

MCARTHUR, OH (WCMH) — The United States Geological Survey reports a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck just south of McArthur, Ohio around 12:25pm Wednesday.

McArthur is a village in Vinton County. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 59 miles south southeast of Columbus.

“I’ve never experienced it here in my life and I’m almost 70 years old,” said McArthur resident Don Trainer.

He said he was a little rattled, but nothing in his home got knocked over.

“I was actually sleeping in. I’m retired so I don’t get up at any particular time and thought it was thunder,” said Trainer. “Almost like an explosion went off”

Just a few miles south in Meeksville, people could feel their homes shake.

“I was sitting in the house and I just felt the whole house kind of shake. At first, I didn’t realize what was going on,” said Meeksville resident Cassandra Rhoads.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said this was a naturally occurring quake, that happened at a depth of 20 km. ODNR said it was not caused by gas or oil activity, but rather associated with the Athens fault line.

“I thought honestly somebody had hit the house, maybe a car driving by. I was like, ‘Did somebody hit the house?’ First reaction was I actually went out and checked on the kids,” said Rhoads. “I just felt the whole house kind of shift. It shook a little bit. I didn’t hear anything. I just felt it.”

According to the USGS, about 55 people reported feeling the earthquake.

This is the second recorded earthquake in southeast Ohio this year. A quake measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale was recorded in Monroe County on April 2.

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