Indiana earthquake does zero destruction

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Indiana earthquake does zero destruction

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) tracked an earthquake on Thurs in the Indiana area. In all, five states experienced the 3.8-magnitude Indiana earthquake, although zero damage has been reported. While "Indiana" and "earthquake" might not seem to go together, there have been a number of significant earthquakes in Indiana, according to the USGS. Individuals have gone so far as getting pay day loans for emergency readiness.

Indiana earthquake centered north of Indianapolis

U.S. Geological Survey explains where the earthquake's epicenter was. Apparently, 50 miles north of Indianapolis was the location. At 7:55 a.m., the quake started. It was 3 miles below ground. The 3.8 magnitude earthquake in Indiana only was there for a few seconds. Still, it was felt in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois.

Initially, the Indiana earthquake was reported as a 4.2 magnitude earthquake, however the U.S. Geological Survey downgraded the earthquake to a 3.8. The booms that accompanied the earthquake in Indiana, while frightening, weren't out of the ordinary for an earthquake, said USGS geophysicist Randy Baldwin, but that did not stop people from bombarding law enforcement with calls.

Fault lines were not there

A location that is "seismically very quiet" and isn't a common place for earthquakes is where the Indiana earthquake occurred, geologist at Indiana University, Michael Hamburger, told local Television station WTHR. The Indiana earthquake history has to be fairly limited since there aren't any fault lines close.

Baldwin explained it well though. He said that earthquakes can occur anywhere stress builds up in earth's crust.

The Indiana earthquake past

The first recorded Indiana earthquakes were the New Madrid earthquakes. These occurred in 1811 and 1812. On the Richter scale, the earthquakes were between 7.0 and 7.7. Sept 27, 1909 was when the most damaging Indiana earthquake taken place. It was between Vincennes and Terre Haute near the Illinois border. Homes and buildings got a lot of damage done to them although it was only a 5.1 magnitude. Over 30,000 square miles felt the 1909 quake.

Articles cited

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Local TV coverage of Indiana earthquake