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Earthquake Hits the Midwest

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« on: April 18, 2008, 10:49:46 am »


Midwest quake felt far and wide

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NEW: Woman briefly trapped by collapsed porch

Thousands report feeling Illinois quake -- some even in Florida

Temblor is strongest in region in 40 years

Magnitude-5.2 tremor strikes southern Illinois at 4:36 a.m.

(CNN) -- People nearly 900 miles away felt a magnitude-5.2 earthquake that shook southern Illinois early Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Rubble lies in the street Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, after part of a cornice fell off a building.

 There were no immediate reports of major damage after the predawn quake, which struck at 4:36 a.m. (5:36 a.m. ET).

However, some minor damage was seen in the region.

In Mount Carmel, Illinois, a porch collapsed, briefly trapping a woman in her home, The Associated Press reported. She wasn't hurt and was freed quickly.

Debris fell on a sidewalk and shattered in Louisville, Kentucky, after part of a cornice fell off a brick building, according to footage from the city's CNN affiliate WHAS-TV.  Watch as the quake sends bricks tumbling »

The epicenter of the earthquake -- the strongest in the region in 40 years -- was about seven miles below ground and 38 miles north-northwest of Evansville, Indiana, the USGS said.  Map »

Nearly 10,000 people had sent reports of shaking to the USGS Web site by 9 a.m. ET.

People as far away as Niceville, Florida, 891 miles away, reported to the USGS Web site that they had felt the quake.

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Reports also came in from such distant places as West Virginia, Alabama and Kansas.

"Pretty typically for these eastern-central U.S. earthquakes, they're felt over a very broad area," said Dave Applegate, USGS senior science adviser, adding that quakes in California tend to be more localized.

The Earth's crust is older and less fractured in the Midwest than in California, and the region's deep sediment "shakes a lot," Applegate said.

"Older crust, when you have an earthquake, it rings like a bell," he said.

The USGS said the largest historical earthquake in the region -- magnitude 5.4 -- shook southern Illinois in 1968.

People as far away as southwest Michigan and northeast Georgia e-mailed CNN to say they felt Friday's temblor.

Air traffic was halted for an hour at Indianapolis International Airport while the control tower was evacuated, CNN affiliate WRTV-TV in the Indiana city reported.  Watch as a TV newscast gets a jolt »

And buildings swayed in Chicago's Loop, The Associated Press reported.

"It shook our house where it woke me up," David Behm of Philo, Illinois, told the AP. "Windows were rattling, and you could hear it. The house was shaking inches. For people in central Illinois, this is a big deal. It's not like California."

Radio talk-show host George Noory said he felt the quake in his St. Louis home.

"Everything shook," Noory said. "I thought the building was going to collapse."  Watch as the talk-show host describes the early-morning shock »

Bonnie Lucas, who hosts a morning show at WHO-AM in Des Moines, told the AP she felt her chair move for five seconds.

The earthquake occurred in the Wabash Valley fault system, adjacent to the New Madrid Seismic Zone, Applegate said.

That zone, named for the town of New Madrid, Missouri, was the site of a series of huge tremors in 1811 and 1812. E-mail to a friend

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2008, 11:03:02 am »

Another quake shakes southern Illinois
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Monday's quake was the 18th since a magnitude 5.2 hit the area Friday morning

Friday's quake was the strongest to hit in the region in 40 years

There were no immediate reports of damage in Monday's quake

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(CNN) -- A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook southern Illinois early Monday, the latest in a string of quakes that have rattled the region since last week, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Bricks fell off a former school building April 18 in Mt. Carmel, Illinois after an early morning earthquake.

 The quake -- the 18th since a magnitude 5.2 hit the area Friday morning -- was centered about six miles below ground and about 37 miles (60 km) north-northwest of Evansville, Indiana, or about 131 miles (211 km) east of St. Louis.

It struck at 12:38 a.m. local time (1:38 a.m. ET). There were no immediate reports of damage.

"Everything just started rumbling and things at my house started shaking," said Keith Potter of Santa Claus, Indiana, about 55 miles southeast of the quake's epicenter. "The computer was shaking on top of my desk."

"I thought, 'Here we go again,'" said Potter, who also felt Friday's initial earthquake and many of those that have followed. "The big concern is ... is this just the beginning of the 'big one?'"

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The 18 quakes that followed Friday's moderate temblor have predominantly been minor earthquakes -- magnitude 3.9 and below.

Friday's quake was the strongest to hit in the region in 40 years.

There were reports of minor damage in the region.

Video from Louisville, Kentucky showed debris from the ornamental facade of a building's roofline that fell onto a sidewalk and shattered.

People as far north as Chicago and as far west as St. Louis reported feeling the initial quake, the USGS reported.

"The largest historical earthquake in the region -- magnitude 5.4 -- damaged southern Illinois in 1968," the USGS said. E-mail to a friend
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