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Peculiar Earthquake Touches Southern Illinois

JACKSON COUNTY– Experts are studying an early morning earthquake that rattled some people awake in eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. Some of you may have felt the tremor just after three o’clock Tuesday morning, it was a magnitude 4.2 earthquake

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered near Sullivan, Missouri, about fifty miles southwest of St. Louis. People felt the rumbling as far west as Columbia, Missouri, and as far east as Carbondale.

When SIU geology professor James Conder checked overnight readings from the university’s seismograph Tuesday morning, he was a little shocked.

‘I thought well, that’s rather interesting,’ he said.

The equipment in Carbondale registered activity from the 4 earthquake near Sullivan. What surprises him is that it happened nowhere near the New Madrid Fault line, the area’s most active fault.” Read more.

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