3.5-magnitude earthquake shakes southeast Ohio

A mild earthquake struck southeast Ohio near Athens on Wednesday.
Posted By Kate Stanton  |  Nov. 20, 2013 at 7:55 PM
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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A 3.5-magnitude earthquake, centered about 2 miles southeast of Nelsonville, startled Ohio residents Wednesday afternoon.

Though the earthquake was likely too mild to cause much damage, police received reports of tremors from the nearby college town of Athens, where Ohio University is situated, into West Virginia.

“It was a little freaky,” one Nelsonville resident told the Athens Messenger. “Nobody else felt it except for one other person, but my stuff was shaking. It shook the whole building.”

“At first, I thought a car hit the house. I thought the thing was going to come down. It was one big jolt,” he said," 71-year-old Jackson resident told the Columbus Dispatch.

Wednesday's tremor was the largest recorded in Ohio since 2011's 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Youngstown. It was Athens County's largest earthquake since 1886's 3.8-magnitude tremor.

Some local residents, especially Athens' significant population of college students, took a light-hearted approach to the jolt.

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