Nature Notes: Earthquakes in Ohio

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

An interesting email popped into my mailbox the other day from the public relations department at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Apparently, more than 30 earthquakes have shaken Ohio since 2002. About 200 quakes registering a magnitude of 2.0 or greater have occurred since 1776.

I know, right? Ohio seemed like such a nice place to live...yesterday.

If 30 in five years seems like a crazy increase, don't relocate just yet. Experts with ODNR's Ohio Seismic Network attribute this perceived increase to improved technology and communication among people who experience the earthquakes.

The department has a really great website that details seismic activity and answers questions about it. [Click here] For a list of quakes, [click here].

I can remember only one quake, when I was little and still living in Cleveland proper. I was home with a babysitter, and it was scary. China was rattling, and the ground seemed to be suffering indigestion. My beloved babysitter was like 95, so I would've had to fend to myself if things got too hairy.