Earthquake Rattles Northern Illinois

VIRGIL, Ill., Feb. 10 (UPI) — A 4.3-magnitude earthquake rattled northern Illinois in the western suburban area around Chicago Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake, about 3 miles deep, was about 4 miles west-northwest from Virgil, Ill., and about 48 miles west-northwest of Chicago, the USGS said.


“We have it as a seismic event,” USGS geophysicist Amy Vaughan told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Mostly it’s rattling people awake.”

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, officials said.

Julie Hannon of Naperville, Ill., told the Chicago Tribune the earthquake awoke her from a sound sleep.

“When you feel an earthquake, it makes you wake up right away. You could feel a shaking and you could hear a rumbling,” Hannon said, adding she experienced several earthquakes when she lived in Japan. “It’s humbling, especially when you think about all the people who have been harmed by earthquakes.”

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