UPDATE 11/20/13 @ 4:20 p.m.
ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Officials in Athens County have released tips on being prepared for a disaster after an earthquake was reported in the county on Wednesday.
The 3.5 magnitude earthquake was reported just before 1 p.m. about 4 kilometers ESE of Nelsonville.
Athens County 911 reports taking several calls from residents, but say there are no reports of damage at this time.
Emergency officials in Athens County ask residents not to call public safety numbers about emergency events like this, unless it is to report damage.
According to the Ohio Seismic Network, “Southeastern Ohio has been the site of many earthquakes since 1776. The 1776 event, recorded by a Moravian missionary, has a very uncertain location. Earthquakes in 1901 near Portsmouth (Scioto County), in 1926 near Pomeroy (Meigs County), and in 1952 near Crooksville (Perry County) caused minor to moderate damage.”
Emergency officials say this is a good reminder to residents to be prepared for a disaster, including flooding, snow storms, or even a severe earthquake.
Get a Kit
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.
Make a Plan
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them. In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.
For more emergency preparedness information, call Athens County Emergency Management Agency at 740-594-2261 or click the link.
The USGS is reporting a 3.5 magnitude earthquake about 5 miles ESE of Nelsonville, Ohio.
It was reported at 12:59 p.m.
Viewers from Albany, Bidwell, Oak Hill and Wellston have reported they felt the earthquake.
No other information is being released at this time.