Ohioans Feel Tremors From VA Earthquake

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People spill into the streets from office buildings in Rosslyn, Virginia following a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit northwest of Richmond, Va. Rosslyn is in Arlington County, Va.(Photo: Mrs. Gemstone)
People spill into the streets from office buildings in Rosslyn, Virginia following a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit northwest of Richmond, Va. Rosslyn is in Arlington County, Va.(Photo: Mrs. Gemstone)

People all across Ohio and throughout the east coast felt the tremors from the earthquake that rattled Virginia Tuesday afternoon. WOSU reports why Ohio felt the effects of the quake.

Social networking sites were flooded with comments about the shaking that was felt throughout Ohio. Some downtown Columbus office buildings were evacuated following tremors from the Virginia earthquake. Mike Hansen coordinates the Ohio Seismic Network.

“It’s a pretty significant earthquake for this part of the world,” Hansen said.

The epicenter of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake was near Mineral, Virginia, northwest of Richmond and more than 440 miles from Columbus. So why was it felt here?

“The one thing though about an earthquake of this size in the eastern United States is they are felt over very large areas because the rocks are relatively flat lying and that energy travels for long distances about 10 times as far in a California earthquake,” Hansen said.

Hansen said, other than items falling from shelves or walls, there should not be any damage from the tremors in Ohio.

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  • WOSU listener

    I wonder how well fracking equipment handles an earthquake. Are spills into underground water sources more likely? Do the leases of people who allow fracking on their land address the issue of earthquakes?