Earthquake triggers influx of 911 calls to Cleveland emergency center

CLEVELAND - As the shock waves of a Virginia earthquake rattled Northeast Ohio Tuesday, Cleveland's 911 phone lines lit up with people trying to find out what was happening.

"Is anyone else shaking down there? I want to know what's going on," said one caller.

Cleveland police released eight of the calls late Tuesday afternoon. It's not clear yet how many 911 calls came in following the earthquake, but the 911 operators alluded to receiving a lot of calls.

"We're getting reports from different places around the county," said one dispatcher to a caller.

"I'm in Cleveland and we felt it, too," said another dispatcher.

The calls came in from all over – from Strongsville to downtown and even from Rhodes Tower at Cleveland State University.

The 5.8 quake happened just before 2 p.m. and was centered near Louisa, Va.

Click on the play buttons below to listen to each of the 911 calls:

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