Locals Feared Earthquake was Intruder

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(The seismograph at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

BOARDMAN, Ohio — Most people were tucked in their beds when an earthquake hit Monday near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, but plenty of people felt it and feared the worst.

The 2.8 magnitude quake originated about six miles east of Boardman and about eight miles southeast of Youngstown around 2:26 a.m.

(The seismograph at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

(The seismograph at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

Residents were quick to call 911, many suspecting an intruder caused the house to shake.

“I don’t know if someone’s trying to break in or what.  I have three children in here,” one woman told a 911 dispatcher.

Dispatchers tried to determine what happened by asking the callers if they heard other noises or saw flashes of light.

In one call, a man wondered, “What if it’s an earthquake?”

At the time of this report, local officials said there were no reports of damage.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Geological Society, Northeast Ohio is one of the regions in the state that is particularly susceptible to seismic activity.

Our area has experienced more than 100 earthquakes since 1836.

Many have been beneath Lake Erie offshore from Lake County and most caused little or no damage.

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