USGS confirms a 4.0 magnitude earthquake near Youngstown Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The United States Geological Survey confirms a 4.0 magnitude earthquake northwest of Youngstown, Ohio.

The earthquake happened around 3 p.m. Saturday in McDonald, Ohio, just outside of Youngstown..

The area experienced a series of minor quakes in 2011, though residents said Saturday's appeared to be stronger than others. Many of the quakes were near an injection well used to dispose of brine water that's a byproduct of oil and gas drilling. 

Its owner agreed this week to stop injecting brine into the earth while the quakes are investigated.

WEWS NewsChannel 5's newsroom has received numerous phone calls and tip emails reporting the earthquake being felt as far west as Norwalk, Ohio and as far north as Ontario, Canada.

So far no significant damage or injuries have been reported. One witness about 20 miles from the epicenter says she saw the ornaments shake on her Christmas tree. Other residents said it was strong enough to panic their pets and make their families run for cover

If you see any damage in your area, send pictures to 5pix@newsnet5.com

NewsChannel 5 is following this developing story and will keep you updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

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