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ReadyOhio Are You Ready for an Earthquake?



Ohio is a proud partner of the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC)

If a substantial earthquake were to happen in Ohio, would you know what to do? Would you know how to protect yourself and others? Ohio doesnít typically experience earthquakes on a large scale, but they do occur. So far this year, Ohio has recorded six earthquakes, including a 4.2 magnitude earthquake north of Eastlake, Lake County. The earthquake measured 3.1 miles deep and centered under Lake Erie. No injuries were reported.

Last year in 2018, 12 small-scale earthquakes were recorded; three within a two-hour period in Noble County.

An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of subterranean rock as it releases strain that has accumulated over time. Initial mild shaking may strengthen and become extremely violent within seconds. Aftershock may follow the initial earthquake.

Know what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Visit www.ShakeOut.org/centralus/ for earthquake preparedness information and resources, and to register for the annual ShakeOut earthquake drills.

Before an Earthquake

  • Find out if your community is at risk of earthquakes. Contact your local emergency management agency, local Red Cross chapter, or the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Geological Survey.
  • Secure items that could fall or move and cause injuries or damage (such as bookshelves, mirrors, light fixtures, televisions, hot water tanks).
  • Plan and practice how to Drop to the ground, Cover your head and neck with your arms, and if a safer sheltering object is nearby (desk, table) that you can get to, crawl to it and Hold On to maintain cover. To react quickly, you must practice emergency plans often.
  • Make a disaster supplies kit. Store critical supplies (water, medication, first aid kit) and documents.
  • Plan how you will communicate with family members by making a family emergency communication plan.

During an Earthquake

If inside when the shaking starts

  • Drop, Cover and Hold On. Move as little as possible.
  • If youíre in bed, stay there. Curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.
  • Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure itís safe to exit. If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator, in case of aftershocks, power outages or other damage.

If outside when the shaking starts

  • Find a clear spot and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops (away from buildings, power lines, trees, street lights).
  • If youíre in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines, if possible. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking stops.
  • If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Call and wait for assistance.

After an Earthquake

  • When the shaking stops, look around. If there is a clear path to safety, leave the building.
  • If you have a cell phone with you, use it to call or text for help.
  • Once safe, monitor local news reports via radio, TV, social media and/or cell phone text alerts for emergency information and instructions.
  • Check for injuries and provide assistance, if youíve had training. Assist with rescues, if you can do so safely.

Earthquake safety tips for individuals with disabilities or access and functional needs are available at www.EarthquakeCountry.org/disability.

Are You Prepared for an Earthquake?

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:17 a.m. on October 17, 2019 during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Ohio, click here to register for the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.

Recent Ohio / Regional Earthquakes felt in Ohio
Offshore of Eastlake, Lake County OH June 10, 2019 4.2
Minford, Scioto County OH March 20, 2019 2.1
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County OH March 6, 2019 2.4
Georgetown, Brown County OH March 3, 2019 2.5
Concord, Lake County OH January 13, 2019 2.0
Barlow, Washington County OH January 6, 2019 1.8
Fairport Harbor, Lake County OH December 7, 2018 2.1
Waterford, Washington County OH November 24, 2018 1.9
Racine, Meigs County OH November 17, 2018 2.0
Dungannon, Noble County OH November 1, 2018 2.0
Dungannon, Noble County OH November 1, 2018 1.6
Dungannon, Noble County OH November 1, 2018 2.3
Amelia, Clermont County OH September 17, 2018 1.5
Thompson, Geauga County OH September 4, 2018 2.0
Perry, Lake County OH July 31, 2018 2.2
Northern KY, Lewis County March 25, 2018 2.4
Marietta, Washington County OH March 25, 2018 2.5
Marietta, Washington County OH January 26, 2018 2.6

Ohio Earthquake Epicenters

ODNR Division of Geological Survey

quake map

Source: https://gis.ohiodnr.gov/MapViewer/?config=earthquakes

For additional earthquake information:

Ready.gov - Earthquakes

Be Red Cross Ready, Earthquake Safety Checklist

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.

ODNR Ohio Seismic Network

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