UPDATE 3/27/13 @ 5 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – Few of you felt an earthquake near Crown City, Ohio early Wednesday morning.
The 2.5 magnitude quake happened about 5:10 a.m., near the intersection of Cargo Road and Providence School Road. That’s just a couple miles from the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam along Route 7.
Plenty of people live closeby, so WSAZ.com set out to find someone who felt the quake. After more than an hour of knocking on doors, it became clear that few folks -- any -- actually felt the trembles. In fact, many people hadn’t even heard about the quake until we asked them if they felt it.
That is pretty common for a quake this size. WSAZ.com spoke with Ron Martino with the Marshall University Department of Geology. He said to even feel a quake this size, you would have to be sitting down and relatively still. People driving or walking would not notice. And it would likely not be strong enough to wake you from sleep.
He says there have been a dozen or so of these quakes in southeastern Ohio in the last 150 years. While they are rare, none have done any real damage.
Martino also said folks shouldn't be worried about future quakes. Especially since there's no pattern of earthquakes in the area -- this one isn't a signal of something stronger yet to come.
The agency reported the quake at 9:10 Wednesday morning. They say the epicenter is 9 miles south of Gallipolis along Cargo Road. That's in the Crown City area.
The quake was reported at a depth of 9.3 miles
Gallia County 911 tells WSAZ.com they have not received any call from residents about the quake.
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