Residents in the Cleveland area got an unusual jolt on their Monday morning as they reported feeling a rare earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey gave the quake a preliminary rating of 4.0 magnitude and said it was centered 2.5 miles northwest of Eastlake.
They said it struck at about 10:50 a.m. ET, according to the United States Geological Survey. Eastlake is 18 miles northeast of Cleveland.
The Ohio Department of Transportation caught the moment the quake hit on several of its traffic cameras with the obvious shaking.
The city of Mentor, about 25 miles northeast of Cleveland, reported being inundated with 911 calls.
Several other local municipalities were also swamped with calls. By 4 p.m Monday, nearly 6,600 people had filled out a “Felt It” report on the USGS website, which collects earthquake data from those who experienced it personally.
“I felt a shake but heard something different than normal,” meteorologist Betsy Kling of NBC-affiliate WKYC tweeted. There were no immediate reports of major damage or serious injuries.
“We felt it!! Eyes open everyone!” the city of Eastlake tweeted. “We are aware of the 4.0 magnitude earthquake. Please DO NOT call dispatch unless it is an emergency. They are overwhelmed with calls.”
Three aftershocks were felt in the following hour, measuring between 2.1 and 2.5, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman Eric Heis.
A representative for the Perry Nuclear Power Plant, located about 20 miles north of Eastlake, told WKYC that inspectors found “no abnormal or unusual indications” in the quake’s aftermath and that it’s “designed to withstand an earthquake measured at 6.0 at the plant site.”
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21) foretell that earthquakes will be a sign of the Last Days indicating the coming end of the age and the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ.
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