Friday, April 18, 2008

Midwest Earthquate

Illinois EarthquakeThere was an earthquake in Illinois this morning! About 5:30 a.m. this morning people in Illinois and throughout the Midwest were awakened by a 5.2 earthquake, the largest ever for that area.

The earthquake was in Southeastern Illinois but rattled skyscrapers in Chicago, was felt in Michigan, Ontario, Indiana as well as other areas in the Midwest. People were shaken out of bed and had the reactions you could expect for people living in an area not used to earthquakes.

I can only imagine how that would be. That's a decent size earthquake, especially for that area. I suppose people in California wouldn't be impressed, but I am.

The Midwest earthquake happened on the Wabash fault. That's a northern extension of the New Madrid fault. It happened about six miles outside of Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

People in the area are still experiencing aftershocks from the Midwest earthquake.

Find out about the New Madrid Fault.