5.2 Earthquake hits Illonois, felt at St. Louis

April 18th, 2008 - 6:47 pm ICT by admin  

Friday, 18th April (thaindian.com) : An earthquake hitting 5.2 on the Richter scale hit Illinois today morning at 04:36:59 AM (Central) . There have been reports of the quake being felt as far as the Grand Rapids area, about 320 miles away.

“All we know is we felt a little something here; we had some rattling in our house,” Bloomberg quoted Patti Thompson, spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, in a telephone interview from Springfield. “We haven’t had any reports in from our local offices yet.”

Channel 3 News has received comments from viewers comparing the effect to that caused by extremely high winds.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake occurred in the Illinois basin-Ozark dome region that covers parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas and stretches from Indianapolis and St. Louis to Memphis.

This morning’s quake topped the magnitude 5.2 event in 1968 that had its epicenter in Hamilton County in Southern Illinois, said the USGS. Prior to that, the largest quake felt in Illinois originated in Missouri in 1895.

So far there are no immediate reports of damage.

The quake struck at 4:37 a.m. Did you feel it? Let us know in the comments

Full USGS report

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