Earthquake shakes up northern Illinois

    Northern Illinois residents were rocked awake this morning by a minor earthquake.


     

     

     

     

     

     

    Northern Illinois residents were rocked awake this morning by a minor earthquake.

     
    CNN.com reports that the tremor struck between Virgil and Sycamore, Illinois, around 4 a.m. CST. The U.S. Geological Service first clocked the earthquake at a 4.3 magnitude, but that was later downgraded to 3.8. According to one victim, the earthquake only lasted five or six seconds.

     
    Although the epicenter of the quake was located about 50 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, reports of tremors were coming in from as far away as Georgia and Ohio. 


     
    "It was really scary. It felt like a train was going by our house," Belivdere, Illinois, resident Doug Dupont told CNN. "This is not California. This is northern Illinois. We are not supposed to get earthquakes."
     
    While anything under a 3.9 magnitude is considered a minor earthquake, a few Illinois residents said that their homes were seriously shaken. Millions of people in the northern Illinois area were affected by the quake this morning, but no major damages have been reported at this time.


     

     

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