USGS revises magnitude of quake near Niles

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A weekend earthquake in Trumbull County has been upgraded by the Untied States Geological Survey from a 1.8 magnitude to a 2.1 magnitude.

The agency said it made the decision to upgrade the earthquake’s recording after receiving more data. Although it is still considered minor, it has some folks living in the Weathersfield area a little concerned.

William Holbrook, who lives near the epicenter of the earthquake, said he did not even know there was an earthquake.

“I didn’t believe you because I never felt it,” Holbrook said.

The Niles Fire Department did not receive any reports of damage from the tremor and the Trumbull County 911 Center did not receive any calls related to the quake.

The coordinates provided by the USGS shows the epicenter was at 1737 N. Main St. in Weathersfield, directly across from a salt water disposal well. Since that is where its origin was, officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said they are looking into the seismic event.

Mark Bruce with the ODNR said after reviewing the data, the agency will decide if any connection can be made and if regulatory action is needed. Scientists with the USGS said they don’t know if the well caused the quake without further research.

“Just looking at one particular earthquake like this in its wave forms, there is no way for us to know,” Don Blakeman with the USGS said.

Resident Don Gadd said people are not used to having earthquakes around the area and he thinks it is something to be concerned about.

But Holbrook is not worried.

“Well, if I don’t feel it, how is it going to concern me?,” Holbrook said.

The USGS said small earthquakes like the one on Sunday afternoon are not uncommon and can happen anywhere at any time.

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