• Earthquake

    Date: Jun 10, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Location: Observatory Park

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Earthquake

    Behavior Observed:

    An earthquake was detected below Lake Erie on June 10, 2019, around 10:50 AM Ohio time. (That’s 14:40 UTC for seismology buffs.)

    Today’s earthquake was a magnitude 4.0, about one-tenth the size of the 1986 Lake County earthquake, which had a magnitude of 5.0. (However, the 1986 earthquake released about 32 times as much energy as today’s earthquake!)

    Today’s earthquake was detected by seismometers as nearby as Northeast Ohio (Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties), but was picked up by seismometers as far away as Narrogin, Australia.

    Northeast Ohio’s Lake Erie shore has seen dozens of small to moderate earthquakes over the past century. Today’s quake is the most powerful in the area since the magnitude 4.5 earthquake that occurred beneath Ashtabula on January 26, 2001.

    For added fun, click here for a sound file which renders today’s earthquake as a sound feel. (It has a nice, old-school-Atari feel.

    There’s always something shaking in our neighborhood!