Lancaster – Students at Ohio University Lancaster literally felt the earth move while they were in class today. They felt a magnitude 3.5 earthquake, with an epicenter near Nelsonville, around 1 p.m.
"It was awesome," said Julia Fallon. Fallon is a Post Secondary Enrollment Options student from Circleville. "The tables were shaking!"
Fallon and Freshmen Nick Helt were on the fourth floor of Brasee Hall in a classroom before their History 2000 class.
"It was like the whole room shook," said Felt. "For a split second I thought it was somebody running across the floor upstairs, but then realized it wasn't. My mom sent me a text message from Sugar Grove asking if I felt it."
Employees in the Lancaster Campus Dean's Office said there was a loud noise associated with the earthquake.
"I thought something dropped on to our roof," said Budget Manager Gwen Whitehead. "My computer monitor was really shaking." Lancaster Dean Jim Smith was sitting at his desk when the quake happened. He said he felt his desk move.
The U.S. Geological Survey's website states the earthquake's epicenter was 4.3 miles deep about 2.5 miles east-southeast of Nelsonville. The tremor was felt primarily in southern Ohio and into West Virginia.
Many students, faculty and staff members on Ohio University's Athens Campus also reported on social media that they felt the quake.