Mild 5.2 Earthquake Shakes Up Chicago

No major damage reported in 20-second tremor
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2008 7:45 AM CDT
Mild 5.2 Earthquake Shakes Up Chicago
A moderate earthquake woke Chicago residents this morning.   (

A moderate earthquake in southern Illinois was enough to wake far-off Chicago-area residents this morning, but no major damage was reported, the Chicago Tribune notes. The shake-up reached 5.2 on the Richter scale, shy of an area record of 5.4, but enough to move furniture. “For people in central Illinois, this is a big deal. It's not like California,” said a local man. Residents of Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Des Moines also felt the tremor. (More Chicago stories.)

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