Minor Earthquake Recorded Along New Madrid Fault in Southern Illinois

JANUARY 3, 2006 - Posted at 8:01 a.m. CST

EQUALITY, IL - A minor earthquake struck in far southern Illinois Monday afternoon.  There were no immediate reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at about 3:38 p.m. and registered 3.6 on the Richter scale.  It was centered about two miles northwest of the town of Equality, which is about 120 miles southeast of St. Louis.

Meteorologist Jim Packett at the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, says plenty of people reported that they felt the ground shake.  But there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

Packett says several minor earthquakes strike southern Illinois each year.

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