The United States Geological Survey has confirmed that Athens County has experienced an earthquake. At 12:59:40 PM an earth quake registering a magnitude of 3.5 was recorded 4 kilometers ESE of Nelsonville. Athens County 9-1-1 has received numerous calls from around the county reporting the event but no damage has been reported at this time. Do not call public safety telephone numbers about the event unless you are report damages.
An earthquake in Ohio?? Yes, Ohio is in a seismic zone. According to the Ohio Seismic Network, “Southeastern Ohio has been the site of many earthquakes since 1776. The 1776 event, recorded by a Moravian missionary, has a very uncertain location. Earthquakes in 1901 near Portsmouth (Scioto County), in 1926 near Pomeroy (Meigs County), and in 1952 near Crooksville (Perry County) caused minor to moderate damage.”
This is a good reminder to be prepared for any type of disaster. Every spring and fall the county experiences flooding. Winter brings an assortment of events that can affect our county in a dramatic way. We need to be prepared at any time to take care of ourselves and family. Get a kit, make a plan, be informed!!
GET A KIT – You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.
MAKE A PLAN – Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
BE INFORMED – Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them. In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.
Emergency preparedness is no longer the sole concern of earthquake prone Californians and those who live in the part of the country known as “Tornado Alley.” For Americans, preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
More emergency preparedness information is available by contacting the Athens County Emergency Management Agency at (740) 594-2261 or on the internet at http://www.athenscountyema.org.