Monday, April 21, 2008

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Illinois Continuing Series

A 4.5-magnitude tremor struck southern Illinois on Monday continuing the series of aftershocks initiated by the 5.2 earthquake which hit the region Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) informed.This was the 18th earthquake in that series and its epicenter was approximately 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, the USGS revealed.The inhabitants of southern Illinois felt the tremor at about 12:38 a.m. local time (1:38 a.m. ET).Local authorities said there were no reports of serious damage or injuries caused by the earthquake.

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