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Friday, April 18, 2008

Earthquake rumbles through southeastern Wisconsin

A strong earthquake in southeast Illinois was felt up to 450 miles away early Friday, including in southeastern Wisconsin.

If you felt the earthquake in Walworth County, add your account of it HERE.

National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Davis told the Associated Press that his office received calls from sheriff’s departments in Rock, Dane and Kenosha counties looking for information about what happened.

Diane Strozyk, 65, lives in apartment in downtown Milwaukee near the lakefront. Strozyk told the AP she was sleeping and woke up when the tremor hit about 4:37 a.m.

“I felt the shaking for like 20 seconds. I thought I was dreaming. It was like somebody was shaking the bed,” she said.

Initially pegged as a 5.4 earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey revised its estimate to give it a value of 5.2.

The quake was centered six miles from West Salem, Ill., and 66 miles from Evansville, Ind.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woke up about 4:30am and as I was walking to the bathroom, heard things on my wife's dresser rattling. Thought it was the cat at first somehow, but then saw cat in hallway. Learned later when I turned on the news it had been an earthquake in southern Illinois that reached up here. Kind of cool but weird at the same time as you don't think of Wisconsin and earthquakes going together.

April 24, 2008 1:55 PM  

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