2010 Illinois earthquake

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2010 Illinois earthquake
map of 2010 Illinois earthquake
Date February 10, 2010 03:59:35AM America/Chicago (2010-02-10UTC09:59:35Z)
Magnitude 3.8 Mw
Depth 6.2 mi (10.0 km)
Epicenter 41°58′08″N 88°29′53″W / 41.969°N 88.498°W / 41.969; -88.498Coordinates: 41°58′08″N 88°29′53″W / 41.969°N 88.498°W / 41.969; -88.498
Areas affected United States
Tsunami none
Casualties 0 reported

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake hit Northern Illinois at 03:59:35 a.m. CST (09:59:35 a.m. UTC) on February 10, 2010.[1][2] Originally measured at a magnitude 4.3 and a depth of 3.1 miles (5.0 km), the earthquake's epicenter was about 43 miles (69 km) west-northwest of Chicago, 2 miles (3 km) east-northeast of the village of Virgil in Kane County, and 2.5 miles (4 km) northwest of the village of Lily Lake, also in Kane County, at a depth of 6.2 miles (10.0 km).[3][4] The epicenter of the quake was near the Sandwich Fault Zone, which is less active and less known than another fault line in Illinois, the New Madrid Fault.[5] The quake was felt throughout the Midwest, and as far away as Tennessee and Georgia.[6] According to a local geologist, earthquakes in the area are uncommon, occurring only about once every ten years, and not much is known about the fault that they originate from due to the scarcity of quakes to study.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Early morning earthquake shakes northern Illinois". WREX. 10 February 2010. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Schulte, Sarah (10 February 2010). "Know your faults: Illinois' earthquake risk". WLS-TV. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Preston, Jennifer; Healy, Jack (10 February 2010). "Small Earthquake Hits Near Chicago". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Magnitude 3.8 - Illinois". United States Geological Survey. 13 February 2010. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "No injuries, damage in 3.8-magnitude earthquake". WLS-TV. February 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Greene, Richard Allen (10 February 2010). "Earthquake rattles northern Illinois". CNN. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 

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