2010 Illinois earthquake

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2010 Illinois earthquake
map of 2010 Illinois earthquake
Date February 10, 2010 (2010-02-10)
Origin time 03:59:35 AM America/Chicago
Magnitude 3.8 Mw [1]
Depth 6.2 mi (10.0 km) [1]
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 [1]
Areas affected Illinois
United States
Max. intensity IV (Light) [1]
Casualties None

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake hit Northern Illinois at 3:59:35 a.m. CST (9:59:35 a.m. UTC) on February 10, 2010.[2][3] 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).[4][5] 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.[6] The quake was felt throughout the Midwest, and as far away as Tennessee and Georgia.[7] 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.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d USGS. "M3.8 - Illinois". United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Early morning earthquake shakes northern Illinois". WREX. 10 February 2010. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Schulte, Sarah (10 February 2010). "Know your faults: Illinois' earthquake risk". WLS-TV. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Magnitude 3.8 - Illinois". United States Geological Survey. 13 February 2010. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ Greene, Richard Allen (10 February 2010). "Earthquake rattles northern Illinois". CNN. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 

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