Recent Earthquakes in or Around Indiana

2011 August 23

At 1:51 pm on August 23, 2011, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake occurred near Mineral, Virginia, 84 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. The focus was about 3.7 miles under the ground. The U.S. Geological Survey's Web site, "Did You Feel It," notes that more than 243 Indiana citizens reported feeling the quake.

This event demonstrates how earthquakes occurring near the Midwest often are felt over large geographic areas, compared to earthquakes in the western United States. Because of the much older age and cooler temperatures of Midwestern rocks, waves generated by an earthquake are able to travel much greater distances without losing intensity, compared with younger, warmer rocks in California.

2010 December 30

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred 5 miles from Greentown, Indiana, at 7:55 a.m. EST on Thursday, December 30, 2010. No injuries or damage was reported as a result of the event. Residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois reported shaking from the earthquake.

2008 April 18

On April 18th, 2008 at 5:36AM EDT a 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Illinois. The epicenter was located approximately 5 miles northwest of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, 38 miles north-northwest of Evansville, Indiana, and 128 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri. The earthquake was felt throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, and as far away as Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. More information about this earthquake is available from the Indiana University PEPP Earthquake Science Institute.

2006 January 2

A 3.6-magnitude earthquake occurred near Equality, Illinois about 45 miles west of Evansville, Indiana at about 4:50 p.m. EST Monday, January 2, 2006.

2004 September 12

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake centered near Shelbyville in Shelby County sent tremors through the earth a few minutes after 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2004. No injuries were reported, but the quake did cause minor damage to some structures and served as a reminder that earthquakes, even large earthquakes, can happen in Indiana at any time, without any warning.

2003 June 6

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake occurred near Bardwell in western Kentucky at about 7:30 a.m. EST Friday, June 6, 2003.

2003 April 29

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake centered in northeastern Alabama occurred at about 4:00 a.m. on April 29, 2003. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the quake, which was felt in 11 states, including parts of southern Indiana, produced very limited damage.

2003 January 3

Some residents of Posey County felt the jolt of a minor earthquake that occurred at 10:17 a.m. EST January 3, 2003. The National Earthquake Information Center in Denver, Colorado, assigned the quake a magnitude of 2.9 and located its epicenter at a point in Gallatin County, Illinois, less than one-half mile west of the Indiana state line. It was the third earthquake to be felt in southwestern Indiana in the last two years. The first was a magnitude 3.9 on December 7, 2000, centered near Evansville, and the second was a magnitude 5.0 on June 18, 2002, also centered near Evansville.

2001 June 18

An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.0 centered a few miles west of Evansville and felt as far as West Virginia occurred at 12:37 p.m. EST June 18, 2002. It was the largest earthquake felt in Indiana since a magnitude-5.2 event struck a few miles west of Vincennes on June 10, 1987.

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