Minor earthquake shakes Illinois

Friday, April 18, 2008

United States Geological Survey (USGS) headquarters
Image: Joshua Davis Photography.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck parts of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and other Midwestern states in the United States.

The USGS states that the quake hit at 4:37 a.m. (central time) approximately 9 kilometers (6 miles) northwest of Mount Carmel and had a depth of just over three miles. It could be felt as far away as Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

So far there are no reports of injuries, damage or deaths, but the USGS states that the damage could be light to moderate with isolated areas having heavy damage. About 7,000 people live in Mount Carmel.

A magnitude 4.6 aftershock hit at 10:15 am (central time).