Historic Earthquakes

Near Lima, Ohio
1884 September 19 19:14 UTC
Magnitude 4.8

Slight damage occurred at Lima, where the shock was "of considerable violence and caused much excitement." Plaster was shaken from ceilings east and southeast of Columbus at Zanesville, Ohio, and Parkersburg, West Virginia. Windows and dishes were broken at Defiance and Norwalk, Ohio; to the west at Fort Wayne and Muncie, Indiana; to the north at Lansing, Michigan; and to the east at Wheeling, West Virginia. Furniture was displaced and buildings were heavily shaken at Urbana, Ohio, in Champaign County, and at many other towns in the region. Also felt in Iowa, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and western Ontario, Canada, and at Washington, D.C., by workmen on top of the unfinished Washington Monument.

Abridged from Seismicity of the United States, 1568-1989 (Revised), by Carl W. Stover and Jerry L. Coffman, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1527, United States Government Printing Office, Washington: 1993.