Cleveland Area Rocks After Earthquake Reported in Lake Erie

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CLEVELAND (AP) – Federal geologists say an earthquake with an estimated magnitude 4 has been detected just northeast of Cleveland in Lake Erie.

There were no reports immediately of damage, and the U.S. Geological Survey is collecting responses from people who felt the tremors. A magnitude 4 earthquake can cause moderate damage.

The 10:50 a.m. EDT Monday earthquake was placed some 2.5 miles north/northwest of Eastlake, a city of nearly 20,000 people.

The nearby city of Mentor urged people to stop calling 911 unless they have an emergency because dispatchers were being “overwhelmed” by callers asking about the earthquake.

Andrew Nyblade, a professor in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, said the northeastern Ohio region has a history of seismic activity. He said that includes past magnitude 4 earthquakes.