Equipment installed in Lucas County to monitor earthquakes

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WHITEHOUSE (WTVG) - When it comes to earthquakes, Ohio may not come to mind, but they do happen here. In fact, a 4.0-magnitude quake was detected Monday right outside Cleveland.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources installed a seismometer in Whitehouse Tuesday to monitor seismic activity. The site was chosen about a year ago. It is in the Blue Creek Metropark area. The spot was a good fit because the bedrock there is relatively shallow. Experts say while earthquakes are not common in Ohio, there is still plenty to learn.

The seismometer will begin transmitting data this week, and you will be able to view that data later this month by going to the website ohiogeology.com.

The ODNR will be installing other seismometers around the state this year, including one in the Firelands area which is near Sandusky.