Date: July 27, 1980
Location: Northeastern Kentucky
The Milwaukee Journal, Monday, July 28, 1980, page 3.
Quake a shock for 14 states. AP and UPI.
More than 60,000 baseball fans felt it in Detroit and Cleveland. A geology professor at the University of South Carolina at Columbia measured it. And Joel Mans said it "busted the whole back side" of his house in Frankfort, Ky.
Seismologists said the quake, which occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Milwaukee time, was centered in Maysville, Ky. - about 45 miles southeast of Cincinnati and 50 miles northeast of Lexington, Ky. It measured 5.1 on the Richter scale and was felt for 300 miles or more in all directions - shaking people in 14 states and southern Canada. It is believed to be the first quake centered in northern Kentucky.
No deaths or injuries were reported from the tremor, which lasted 15 to 45 seconds. But hundreds of buildings - mostly in Maysville -sustained damage ranging from shattered windows and toppled chimneys to cracked foundations.
Quake rattles Wisconsin a bit. Special to The Journal, AP.
An earthquake centered in Kentucky rattled households in southeastern Wisconsin shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. Broadcasters at WTMJ in Milwaukee reported more than a dozen calls about the tremor from listeners in Milwaukee and some suburbs, according to a radio newsman. WITI-TV in Milwaukee reported receiving about three dozen calls. "Everybody said everything was normal and then everything in the house started to shake," a news dispatcher said. "Tables and chairs were moving around the floor. It took about 30 to 45 seconds."
(A geophysics grad student in our department at UW-M was in charge of changing the seismograph records at this time. He was busily working on his thesis and forgot to change the recordings at the appropriate time. He was working in a computer lab in a multi-story campus building, Bolton Hall, when he felt the earthquake. He rushed back to Sabin Hall to get some paper on the recorder to record any aftershocks but it was too late. So, we do not have a recording of this earthquake.)