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Update- Eathquake Upgraded to Magnitude 4.5 #Youngstown, Ohio


The Mahoning Valley ended 2011 with a deafening bang.

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck the village of McDonald shortly after 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, rattling residents from Cortland to Canton to Canfield and everywhere in between.

The earthquake was centered near Oregon Avenue and Florida Avenue in McDonald, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It is the 11th quake in the Valley this year.

State Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, was ironing his son’s shirt for his party tonight.

“We thought somebody fell down the stairs with a dresser,” he said. “We ran out, looked around, and I said ‘that was an earthquake.'”

Hagan said he received tweets and text messages from people as far north as Cortland all the way down to Canfield.

Mitchell Gold of the Lamont-Doherty Cooperative Seismic Network from Columbia University, said the 4.0 earthquake has a preliminary depth of about 2.2 kilometers, but said as of about 3:30 p.m. that he has not been able to narrow the data further.

Magnitudes are measured on the Richter scale. For each whole number you go up on the Richter scale, the amplitude of the ground motion recorded by a seismograph goes up 10 times.

That’s why this 4.0 magnitude quake felt 100 times stronger than a 2.0 magnitude.

The shake comes one day after the state ordered D&L Energy Inc to shut down a brine-injection well in Youngstown.

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