Local NewsSouthern Illinois shaken by 2.8 earthquake, authorities report no casualties

Southern Illinois shaken by 2.8 earthquake, authorities report no casualties

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5:52 PM EDT, March 29, 2024

A 2.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded near the southern Illinois border with Missouri.

The U.S. Geological Survey has reported a 2.8 magnitude earthquake in southern Illinois, close to the Missouri border. This seismic event occurred at approximately 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, with its epicenter located north of Germantown, roughly 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of St. Louis, at a depth of slightly more than 14 miles (22.5 kilometers). Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security note that this region of Illinois falls within the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which extends about 150 miles long. This seismic zone also includes parts of northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri, and western Tennessee.

In a related note, a 3.6-magnitude earthquake shook northern Illinois and portions of three other states in November. The USGS identified the epicenter as near Standard, Illinois, about 100 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

Source: ABC News

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