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Earthquake Shakes the Northeast
Released: 9/25/1998

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A moderate earthquake, preliminary magnitude 5.2 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred near the border of Pennsylvania and Ohio at 3:53 Eastern Daylight Time on September 25, 1998.

The epicenter was about 15 miles north of Sharon, Pennsylvania, at Lat 41.5N and Long 80.5 W, at a shallow depth (0-32 Km).

The earthquake was felt in parts of Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Also felt in southern Ontario, Canada. This is the largest earthquake in this area since a magnitude 5.0 which occurred January 31, 1986. There have been reports of damage in Mills Village, Pennsylvania.

(Note to editors: As more information is received and the data are further analyzed, we may issue updates or clarifications on this event.)


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