UPDATE: People In Athens County React to Earthquake

By: Stanley Jefferson, The Associated Press Email
By: Stanley Jefferson, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 11/21/2013 9:15 AM

People in Athens County got a rude awakening as an earthquake made its way to the area.

According to the United States Geological Survey, at around 1pm, a 3.5 magnitude earthquake took place just 4 kilometers of Nelsonville.

"I heard the ceiling tiles crackling and my first thought was something up on the ceiling or the roof had either fallen or crashed through. Then, I heard one of the teachers come running out of the classroom kind of yelling, 'did anybody else feel that?" says Federal Hocking High School Administration Assistant, Rebecca Lydy.

"Actually, I thought it was the semis going through it, rattled stuff in my kitchen and when they go down this brick street which I live on, it rattles my house. So I didn't realize it was an earthquake until I walked over to my mother's," added Active Health Care of Nelsonville Transcriptionist, Tammy Lawson.

Dispatchers at the Athens County EMS say they received numerous calls on the earthquake though there were no reports of any damages or injuries.

Those living in Athens County say they were very shocked to see a such natural disaster take a hit in their own community.

"It makes me wonder why it's happening here now because we never had them before, what's going on to the atmosphere that's making it happen now," replied Active Health Care of Nelsonville Office Manager, Teresa Hine.

The earthquake in Athens County became a wake up call to many and they're taking more precautions if this was to occur again.

"Be aware of what's going on and try to have shelter, try to have somewhere you can go for help," Hine said.

Southeastern Ohio had its fair share of earthquakes in the past such as the one near Portsmouth in 1901, Pomeroy in 1926 and Crooksville in 1952.

The Athens County EMS says it's still wise for people to prepare with a survival kit for any natural disaster.

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A mild earthquake shakes people in southeastern Ohio.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.5-magnitude quake occurred close to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The epicenter was about 2 miles southeast of Nelsonville.

Geophysicist John Bellini described the quake as "light." He says people in the area might have felt a quick jolt, while some unstable items could have fallen from desks or shelves.

He says earthquakes must register at a 4.5 magnitude to cause any significant damage.

Ohio University says its campus felt the earthquake but there was no damage to facilities reported.

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