24 Hour Earthquake Reporting Hotline
REPORT AN EARTHQUAKE
Submit an Earthquake report Page will open in a new window.
- When you click the link above, it will take you to the “Did You Feel It” page maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey.
- Larger earthquakes that were strongly felt will be posted on the list. Click on the earthquake you felt if it is listed and then click on the blue link “Did You Feel It?—Tell Us!.”
- Please submit your report even if a large number of reports have already been submitted. Each new report adds to the database and helps confirm the intensity and felt area of the earthquake.
- If you do not see an earthquake that you felt on the list, please click on the yellow box "Report an Unknown Event" below the map. A new window will open for you to submit your information.
- Your individual report will be used only for purposes of scientific analysis and your confidentiality will be maintained. We sincerely thank you for your participation.
- Note that maps of the distribution of felt reports by zip code will indicate Intensity by colors and identified by Roman numerals. To see the difference between Magnitude and Intensity, click here.
SHOULD YOU MAKE AN EARTHQUAKE REPORT WHEN YOU ARE NOT SURE?
Please do not hesitate to report minor shaking that you think might have been an earthquake, even if there have been no news reports of an earthquake. Very small earthquakes (2.0-3.0 magnitude) are commonly felt only in a small area near the epicenter as a brief jolt or shake. Many people do not immediately recognize these events as earthquakes and do not report it to local officials or media.
The Ohio Seismic Network will examine seismograms from one or more of the 25 seismograph stations across the state and determine if an earthquake was recorded at the time noted on your submitted form. Genuine seismic events will be posted on the Ohio Seismic Network web site. By convention, neither the Ohio Seismic Network nor the U.S. Geological Survey can respond via e-mail to individual report submissions. If you have a specific question regarding a possible Ohio earthquake, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH YOUR REPORT
Thank you for taking the time to fill out an earthquake-report form. The Ohio Seismic Network of the Division of Geological Survey of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources works closely with the U.S. Geological Survey on earthquakes that occur in and near Ohio.
- Your observations of what you felt during an earthquake in Ohio are immediately forwarded to the Ohio Seismic Network.
- We use these data to determine the severity of a particular earthquake and pass this information to emergency officials of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
- In follow-up analyses, we may use reports to determine the amount of shaking that occurred at your location and then correlate this observation to the type of surficial sediment present in the area.
- This information will eventually allow us to construct maps that depict the seismic susceptibility of different types of surficial sediments across the state.
Last update July 20, 2010
Ohio Seismic Network http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/OhioSeis