(MILLERSVILLE, PA- LititzDailyNews.com) – A sharp earthquake jolted Millersville University students, Lancaster County residents, and emergency dispatchers at the county 911 center late Sunday afternoon.
The earthquake, which took place around 4:50 p.m. and registered 2.3 on the Richter scale, was centered about 3 miles from Millersville, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Within half an hour of the seismic event, 500 residents had called the Lancaster County 911 Center to report that they felt the ground shake or heard a boom that many described as an explosion, according to county officials.
“I was sitting on my porch and heard a huge boom that shook the entire house,” said Brian Kreps, who lives on N. Prince Street in Millersville near the university. “Then about 3 seconds later, a second boom shook the house again,” he told LititzDailyNews.com tonight.
Kreps says it’s very different than the “faint vibration” caused by an earthquake he experienced in Chester County a few years back. The noise today was so startling that it prompted him and his roommate to search the house to see if something heavy had tipped, but they found nothing out of the ordinary.
“After that I went on Twitter and saw it was an earthquake,” Kreps said.
Millersville University meteorology student Alexander Bronsky was fishing at Silver Mine Park when he and four friends heard “a loud bang, almost like thunder, but we knew there were no storms in the area,” he told LititzDailyNews.com tonight. “It sounded like an 18-wheeler crashed into a building.”
When the group returned to the university, Bronsky reports that the campus was abuzz with talk of the earthquake. Many “heard the bang and felt the ground shake'” but had various explanations for the phenomenon. Many turned to social media where the earthquake was confirmed by local media meteorologists who cited the USGS event report.
The minor earthquake rocked Lancaster County and rattled nerves but caused no reported damage or injuries, according to Randy Gockley, coordinator for the Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency.
Over the past 30 years, 5 or more minor earthquakes have been felt in Lancaster County, according to Gockley.
No reports of today’s earthquake in Lancaster County were received from residents by neighboring 911 centers in York County or Cecil County, Maryland.
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