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Earthquake Ohio: 3.5 magnitude earthquake strikes southeastern Ohio

Ohio University main gate in Athens.
Ohio University main gate in Athens.
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Ohio earthquake news came from the southeastern part of the state on Wednesday (Nov. 20). The Ohio earthquake was near Athens, where students at the university there immediately reacted on Twitter. Many OU students were trying to figure out what had happened and it spurred quite a few online discussions. According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, the U.S. Geological Survey reported it measured in at a 3.5-magnitude.

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The epicenter was stated to be about 2.5 miles east-southeast of Nelsonville and 4.9 miles deep. It was reported to have taken place at 12:59 p.m. local time and there were reactions into West Virginia from people that had felt the shaking. The good news is that there were no reports of damage in the area, even though quite a few people in the state felt it take place. The report from the Columbus Dispatch went on to state that this was the most powerful shaking since a 4.0-magnitude event took place on Dec. 31, 2011.

It isn't very common that an Ohio earthquake takes place, but when it does, it becomes immediate water cooler talk all around the state. That it took place close to one of the major state universities made it become very popular on social media web sites. Twitter is still buzzing about what took place hours later.

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