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Magnitude 5.2 ILLINOIS

Friday, April 18, 2008 at 09:37:00 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred 35 km (20 miles) SW of Vincennes, Indiana and 205 km (125 miles) SW of INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana at 3:36 AM MDT, Apr 18, 2008 (4:36 AM CDT in Illinois). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available.

A few buildings sustained minor structural damage at Mount Carmel and West Salem, Illinois and a cornice fell from one building at Louisville, Kentucky. Felt (VII) at Bone Gap and Browns; (VI) at Albion, Allendale, Bridgeport, Cisne, Grayville, Lawrenceville, Mount Carmel, Sumner and West Salem; (V) at Breese, Carlyle, Carmi, Coulterville, De Soto, East Saint Louis, Elkville, Fairfield, Flora, Geff, Golconda, Hoopeston, La Grange Park, Loami, Macedonia, Mount Olive, New Athens, Noble, Norris City, Olney, Omaha, Palestine, Percy, Robinson, Waverly and Xenia, Illinois. Felt (VII) at Owensville; (VI) at Cynthiana, Fort Branch, New Harmony, Patoka and Princeton; (V) at Bainbridge, Clayton, Crothersville, Dale, Evansville, Francisco, Haubstadt, Jasper, Montezuma, Morristown, Mount Vernon, Oakland City, Oaktown, Paragon, Petersburg, Poland, Poseyville, Richland, Roachdale, Shoals, Vincennes and Wheatland, Indiana. Also felt (V) at Elkton, Fairdale, Hardinsburg, Maceo, Marion, Philpot and Robards, Kentucky and at Foley and Saint Louis, Missouri. Felt (IV) in much of Illinois, Indiana, western Kentucky, southwestern Michigan, eastern Missouri, southwestern Ohio and western Tennessee. Felt widely throughout the central United States from Green Bay, Wisconsin south to Atlanta, Georgia and Tuscaloosa, Alabama and from Sioux City, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska east to Akron, Ohio and Parkersburg, West Virginia, including all or parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Also felt in southern Ontario, Canada.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver


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