Illinois-Indiana Earthquake Felt in DeKalb County

April 18, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

A strong earthquake that rattled parts of southern Illinois and Indiana early Friday morning was felt in DeKalb County.

The quake, given a preliminary magnitude of 5.4, occurred about 6 miles from Mount Carmel, Illinois, 66 miles from Evansville, Indiana and about 131 miles east of St. Louis, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It took place about 2 miles underground and struck about 4:36 a.m.

Clata Redmon, who resides on Barnes Mill Road in the Jefferson Community, says she was awakened by popping sounds in the house. "It was about ten minutes til five this morning when I was asleep and something woke me up. It sounded like a popping sound here at the house. I decided to get up an investigate but I didn't find anything. It only lasted maybe three or four seconds. When I got up and turned the television on I noticed they said that in Evansville, Indiana there had been an earthquake so I realized that's what I experienced here. That's the only thing I know would make the house pop like that. The house didn't shake, it was just popping."

Central dispatch reported receiving a few calls from concerned persons inquiring about what was happening.

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, according to the USGS.

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