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2.0 magnitude earthquake reported in Lake Erie Sunday

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Feb 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-28 13:45:39-05

CLEVELAND — The United States Geological Survey reported a 2.0 magnitude earthquake about 2.4 miles away Northwest of Lakeline, Ohio on Sunday.

The earthquake was reported about 1.8 miles under Lake Erie.

There have been eight confirmed earthquakes in Lake Erie this year, according to the USGS.

Here's a list of each quake this year:

Feb. 27—2.0 magnitude northwest of Lakeline
Feb. 4 — 2.4 magnitude quake northwest of Timberlake
Feb. 1 — 1.6. magnitude quake northwest of Timberlake
Jan. 29 — 2.0 magnitude quake west northwest of Willowick
Jan. 27 — 2.5 magnitude quake north northwest of Lakeline
Jan. 27 — 2.1 magnitude quake northwest of Lakeline
Jan. 5 — 1.9 magnitude quake north of Timberlake
Jan. 4 — 2.8 magnitude quake northwest of Timberlake

"Seismic activity of 2.5 and above can generally be felt," Ohio Department of Natural Resources Public Information Officer David Roorbach previously told News 5. "This is a known epicenter of natural earthquakes, due to the geologic history of the area. Seismologists from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources continue to monitor the seismic activity."

There’s a reason the earthquakes have all occurred in Lake County, near the cities of Eastlake and Timberlake.

“We’re here in the middle of what's known as a tectonic plate here in Northeast Ohio. The edges of our plates are out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and over in California and Washington state. So earthquakes are much less common in this part of the country than elsewhere. The earthquakes that we would be having here, they tend to be happening on faults, discontinuities, plains in the crust where they were broken in the past,” said Steven Hauck, a professor of planetary geodynamics at Case Western Reserve University.

RELATED: Whose fault? Why there are earthquakes happening in Lake County

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