Fair
54°FFairFull Forecast

No injuries, damage reported from small Ill. quake

BENTON (AP) — Authorities say a small earthquake shook parts of southern Illinois.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 2.7-magnitude temblor was shortly before 1 a.m. Monday east and northeast of Benton. The closest town appears to be tiny 50-resident Macedonia in Franklin County.

That county's sheriff department says the earthquake doesn't appear to have caused any injuries or significant damage.

The quake is believed to have involved an extension of the New Madrid (MAD'-rid) fault, a network of deep cracks in the earth's surface. In 1811 and 1812, the New Madrid fault produced a series of earthquakes estimated at magnitude 7.0 or greater said to be felt as far away as Boston. They were centered in the Missouri town of New Madrid, 140 miles southeast of St. Louis.

Comments

Comments

National video



Reader Poll

Illinois lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment to switch from a flat income tax (same rate for all) to a progressive income tax (multiple rates that increase with wealth). What do you think?
I approve
I disapprove
Not sure
No opinion