Earthquake in Illnois

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Town and Country

 A magnitude 5.4 earthquake, centered 127 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri, shook southern Illinois at 4:36 a.m. (5:36 a.m. ET) Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the earthquake was about 3 miles below ground and 41 miles north-northwest of Evansville, Indiana.

It was said to have been felt 450 miles away and I had no idea this area is the second most dangerous area for earthquakes.

Who all have ever felt a earthquake? Not sure I want to be included in this group, but I am curious what it might be like.......   

Comments (9)

Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Patty.  I have felt one quake when I lived in Long Beach.  It is odd that they happen here in Illinois.  I was aware that there was a fault line down there.

Maybe it woke me up.:)


Apr 17, 2008 11:30 PM
Patty Ledford
RE/MAX Town and Country - Blue Ridge, GA
Your N. Ga. Mountain Agent -The Ledford Team-Blue
Morning Ken...I was not aware that there was a fault line so close to North Georgia. We did have one here in N. Georgia a few years ago, but it more of a sound than actually feeling it. It sounded like a "rumble" moving across the mountains, at least more me anyway. Not the best way to wake up huh....thanks for sharing. 
Apr 17, 2008 11:49 PM
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros
Hi Patty I was in Cape Girardeau Missouri not terribly for from the Il. border and we had a 5 . It was quite a 30 second event
Apr 17, 2008 11:53 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
Patty, I knew that there was an earthquake somewhere, because the lamps on my desk started shaking about that time. I live just south of Nashville, TN. It lasted here for about 30 seconds. Thanks for the post telling me where the earthquake was. The new madrid fault created Reel Foot Lake in northwest TN.
Apr 17, 2008 11:54 PM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
Patty, I was sitting in my hotel room in St. Charles, MO when it happened and felt the tremor.  I didn't know what it was at the time then heard the news and found out what it was.  I was close enough to the center and do not want to get any closer.
Apr 17, 2008 11:59 PM
Laura Karambelas
Baird & Warner Downers Grove - Downers Grove, IL
Realtor - Downers Grove
Patty, I am in the Western suburbs of Chicago.  I didn't feel anything here, but there are reports that the earthquake was felt close to Chicago, according to callers to our local news.
Apr 18, 2008 12:02 AM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer
I have felt several here in Vegas.  I remember my first.  It was the Joshua tree quake in the middle of the night.  Being from the midwest, I seriously thought it was a tornado!  It felt like someone was shaking my bed side to side.  It was a magnitude 7-ish quake and we felt a 4-5 in the valley.  I don't think I want to experience anything stronger.  I also felt a 3-4 with the epicenter close to my home.  Sounded like a sonic boom, was one major pop and then done!
Apr 18, 2008 12:57 AM
Patty Ledford
RE/MAX Town and Country - Blue Ridge, GA
Your N. Ga. Mountain Agent -The Ledford Team-Blue

Charlie-I bet those 30 seconds felt alot longer for sure.

Micheal-I live in Blue Ridge Ga and slept right through it, but heard that people in a subdivision just N. of Atlanta felt it.

Don-I'm with you on that...glad I was no where around.  

Apr 19, 2008 08:04 AM
Patty Ledford
RE/MAX Town and Country - Blue Ridge, GA
Your N. Ga. Mountain Agent -The Ledford Team-Blue

Laura-I have not heard anyone here say they felt anything but I'm amazed that people just north of Atlanta felt.

Renee-Wow...I think I would have to move. That would be so scary and I for sure would not know what to do, guess I better just stay in Ga.

Apr 19, 2008 08:07 AM