Date: January 31, 1986

Location: Northeastern Ohio

Magnitude: 5.0

The Milwaukee Journal, Friday, January 31, 1986, page 1.

Quake hits Midwest, is felt here. UWM scientists record rare event.
Associated Press, Journal Staff.

An earthquake rumbled beneath parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan Friday, and the tremors were felt in Milwaukee.

There also were reports of tremors in Washington, D.C., and parts of Canada. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

"It looks pretty spectacular" was how Ronald J. Friedel, geophysical specialist at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, described the needle swings on the UWM's seismograph, the instrument that measures earthquakes. They started about 10:48 a.m. and continued up to 10 minutes.

The US Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., said the quake measured 5 on the open-ended Richter scale of ground movement, making it a moderate quake. The survey spokeswoman said the epicenter was about 30 miles northeast of Cleveland in Lake Erie.

In Milwaukee, Friedel's instruments told him that it wasn't a cave-in in a local sewer construction project, but a genuine tremor somewhere in the Midwest. Minutes later, the phones at UWM's geological sciences department began to ring.

People in the Milwaukee area, from Wauwatosa to the Third Ward, had felt a slight tremor, especially people in the upper stories of some buildings, including the fourth to eighth floor of some UWM campus buildings.

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