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Tremor Felt in Parts of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky

July 12, 1986

Undated (AP) _ A mild earthquake centered in northern Ohio also rattled parts of Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky today, briefly knocking out power to about 30 Ohio families but causing no significant damage, authorities said.

A preliminary reading put the quake’s magnitude at 4.2 on the Richter scale, said Don Finley, spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, D.C. The earthquake occurred at 4:20 a.m. EDT.

The quake was centered near St. Marys, a city of 8,400 people about 20 miles southwest of Lima in northwestern Ohio, where it knocked out power to 30 families for about a half-hour, authorities said.

″We had a few outages from the vibrations. They shook the pole tops. And we had transformers in each area go down for awhile,″ said Bill Metzger, superintendent of the city power plant.

The tremor cracked plaster, popped floor tiles and ran long cracks in a wall at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, said hospital spokesman Dave LaPoint.

He said about 140 people, including 75 patients, were in the hospital when the earthquake struck but no one was hurt.

In Palm Springs, Calif., meanwhile, authorities said few people Friday night reported feeling a 10:45 p.m. a quake aftershock centered about 12 miles north of the city and registering 4.0 on the Richter scale.

An earthquake Tuesday in the same area registered 5.9 on the Richter scale, said.

Authorities in several Ohio cities, including Cincinnati, Akron and Cleveland, received reports of the quake, as did authorities in Detroit; Covington, Ky.; and Fort Wayne, Ind.

A Parkersburg, W.Va., radio station said it received a half-dozen calls from listeners who felt the earth tremble.

A Lima police department dispatcher said some minor damage was reported.

″I think we had one window crack and some bricks fell off an old building,″ said dispatcher Ramona Modica. ″It just scared a lot of people.″

The Allen County, Ohio, sheriff’s department said the department was deluged with about 100 telephone calls, but received no reports of damage.

Dispatcher Ron Foster at Michigan state police headquarters in East Lansing said the tremor was felt in metropolitan Detroit and Jackson County.

″It was mild. We’ve had no reports of damage,″ Foster said.

But the quake did waken some Michigan residents.

″I thought I was having a bad dream, but I woke up and it didn’t stop,″ said Fran Maisano, 22, of the Detroit suburb of Southfield. ″It really surprised me. I woke up and here I am bouncing around.″

The Richter scale is a measure of ground motion as recorded on seismographs. Every increase of one number means a tenfold increase in the strength of the shaking.

The San Francisco earthquake of 1906, which occurred before the Richter scale was devised, has been estimated at 8.3 on the scale.

On Friday morning, an earthquake registering 3.7 on the Richter scale was felt in parts of Tennessee and Georgia, causing minor damage but no injuries; and California has had several aftershocks since an earthquake with a Richter reading of 5.9 struck Tuesday.

This was the second earthquake centered in Ohio this year.

The first quake was a magnitude 5.0 on Jan. 31 near Cleveland that was felt in parts of 12 states and Ontario, Canada. Seventeen people were treated for minor injuries in the January quake and there was some damage in the Painesville-Mentor area of Ohio.

A mild earthquake centered in Auglaize County in northwestern Ohio damaged a hospital and knocked out power to about 30 families, officials said.

″It really shook. I thought the police department had been hit by a semi,″ said St. Marys police department dispatcher Rose Meyer.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 4.2 on the Richter scale and awoke sleeping residents across Ohio and in four other states about 4:20 a.m.

The center of the earthquake was near St. Marys in Auglaize County, about 20 miles southwest of Lima, said Don Finley, spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, D.C.

The earthquake was felt in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky with the strongest tremors in the areas near the northern Ohio cities of Lima, Toledo and Akron.

Meyer said about 200 people called with reports of damage and inquiries.

″Everybody thought there’d been an explosion,″ she said.

Dave LaPoint, a spokesman for Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St.″

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