Skip to comments.Eathquake hits Illinois
Posted on 02/10/2010 2:47:06 AM PST by Daisyjane69
C. Hayes WGNTV NEWS February 10, 2010
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit northern Illinois early Wednesday morning.
The quake struck at 3:59 a.m. in Sycamore in DeKalb County. The quake could be felt as far away as Chicago... 50 miles from the epicenter.
We'll have more information as it becomes available.
For the latest information, go to the U.S. Geological Survey website.
(Excerpt) Read more at wgntv.com ...
Not far from Chicago.
Message for the Pretender-in Chief?
shame it didnt hit the south side, it might have made it look better than it currently is.
Bush left it for him deal with........
Weird, I woke up suddenly at 4, went and looked at the news and read there had just been an earthquake. I’m going back to bed now.
Wow, I know that town and have been there several times. It’s right on the way to DeKalb and Northern Illinois University from the NW Suburbs of Chicago.
I felt the one that hit Southern Illinois in the mid-to late 1980s (can’t remember the exact year). It was a little higher on the scale, but down south, not up north...
I haven’t read through the thread yet. I hope everyone is OK... Some beautiful OLD structures in that area of Illinois... A lot of farmland too though (at least a decade go there was...).
local news is saying epicenter was 77 miles from Chicago
I'll bet that it's still there...that darned farmland is hard to move! (LOL)
No, that would be very, very tragic... With the way the buildings like that are on the South side many, many people would die, including the police and firefighters, etc... who would have to try to save and rescue people.
As for this earthquake; 4.3 may not be a very big earthquake, but it’s not like these older towns have much in the way of building reinforcements due to any risk factors. It’s not an area that gets earthquakes often at all... Plus there is a college close to Sycamore in DeKalb (the county seat) - Northern Illinois Univ. is there — a pretty big college and a pretty big college town as well as agricultural “hub”. Might even be a “small city” officially now as I haven’t been there in 12 years...
Still a lot of farmland around here.
My point — only the towns, and the larger village/small city of DeKalb is thankfully the only area to worry about. Were it in Chicago itself for example, there is suburbs for miles and miles and except for the skyscrapers perhaps downtown the buildings are not built to withstand earthquakes like they are in say California...
Thanks for the chuckle though... :)
Then it sounded like a couple of huge metal balls were rolling across the roof over my head. I got out of the bedroom quickly and am now in another room typing.
The weight of the enormous amount of snow on our building's flat roof plus a hugh HVAC unit directly overhead is giving me pause.
The epicenter appears to be about 35 miles directly west of me.
Need some coffee, quick. Yikes!
Too bad they won’t listen, if that is what’s going on here...
Glad you’re OK, Leni. I didn’t realize you lived in the Chicago Suburbs — I grew up in the NW Suburbs (Arlington Hts.).
Shows you how out of touch they are and arrogant they are.
That’s good to know... I forgot exactly how far Sycamore is from DeKalb? I just remember that it’s on the way there. We marched in their Pumpkin Festival Parade during my freshman year (I was on Poms). Plus we stayed there when visiting friends at Northern a few times... :)
77 miles from the heart of chicago - 48 miles from chicago outer burbs
Rove, you magnificent bastard.....
I definitely agree with you there! No doubt about it.
Magnitude 4.3 - ILLINOIS
2010 February 10 09:59:34 UTC
Date-Time Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 09:59:34 UTC
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 03:59:34 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 41.978°N, 88.597°W
Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program
Distances 6 km (4 miles) WNW (292°) from Virgil, IL
8 km (5 miles) E (94°) from Sycamore, IL
8 km (5 miles) N (1°) from Maple Park, IL
14 km (8 miles) ENE (67°) from DeKalb, IL
35 km (22 miles) NW (315°) from Aurora, IL
77 km (48 miles) WNW (282°) from Chicago, IL
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 12.8 km (8.0 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST= 11, Nph= 11, Dmin=171.4 km, Rmss=0.86 sec, Gp=151°,
M-type=”Nuttli” surface wave magnitude (mbLg), Version=6
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID us2010snay
“4.3-magnitude earthquake hits near Sycamore”
February 10, 2010 5:24 AM | No Comments | UPDATED STORY
A mild earthquake shook northern Illinois this morning.
SNIPPET: “The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 4.3-magnitude quake at 3:59:43 a.m. centered about 5.5 miles east of Sycamore and 3.1 miles underground. The epicenter is about 45 miles west of Chicago.”
SNIPPET: “The nature of the fault activity that caused the quake was unclear, said Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist with the geological survey in Golden, Colo. Past quakes that have affected southern Illinois have been in the Wabash Valley or New Madrid seismic zones.
The fault systems in northern Illinois are not as well understood as those in other regions where earthquakes are more common, and more investigation will be needed to determine the cause of this morning’s temblor, Vaughan said.”
felt one sharp jolt in bed followed by 10-20 seconds of window rattling ... i’d lived in socal for 10 years so the symptoms were clearly recognized
one thing i never learned was how to tell if it’s a litle one close by or a big one farther away
ps ... i thought you WINTERED in fla
4.3? Child’s play.
But 50 miles from Chicago, home of the Corruter-in-Chief and the wellspring from whence his political power arose? Perhaps it’s a warning of electoral shake-up.
Lots of strange things have happened that have negatively impacted the rats. Wexler quit, another guy abandoned ship and changed parties to become a pub, Teddy died and got replaced with a pub. Now Murtha has kicked the bucket and will most certainly be replaced with a pub.
Maybe the Big Guy upstairs is trying to tell the rats something.
Freaky Stuff - I was trying to figure out what fault it was on. I know the Wabash Valley & New Madrid Zones as I am in between the both of them. The Wabash Valley was the one that kicked the 5.4 out in 2008.
The USGS site will probably update when more details are known.
lol... the epicenter is close to being halfway between the future gitmo and chicago.
I remember another earthquake in these parts a couple decades ago. I was ironing and noticed the potted palm was swaying. Then the floor seemed to move in some weird way and a flash of nausea swept over me. I thought I was having a stroke or sumpin', LOL.
Folks in the quake area get ready for your quake insurance premiums to go up.
Ours jumped up after the 5.4 quake on the Wabash Valley fault in Southern IL/Indiana that happened in 2008.
We felt it here up north, near Lake Geneva WI. That’s about 60 miles from DeKalb. Rattled the doors.
Now, THAT is funny.
FR witticism of the week....maybe month.....maybe year!
DING DING DING - WE HAVE A WINNER!
Absolute classic! "Obama home rocked by Bush's Fault"...ROTF!
Just realized I misspelled the word “Earthquake” in my post. LOL Typing too fast, I guess.
If anyone wants to follow the local coverage:
I felt it (I am aboiut 30 miles west of Chicago). The bed shook. I thought my wife had awakened and was feeling frisky. No such luck. Just an earthquake.
I know where Oak Park is. I’ve been there a few times, actually...
The earthquake is probably the same one I remember feeling back in the mid-1980s. It was probably around 6:30 pm, but still kind of light outside IIRC. Anyway, I remember it because we were all sitting at the dinner table and the milk in my cup was vibrating, and you could hear a faint rumble, and the table kind of shook too. Really weird - like a HUGE truck had gone by the house or something... I had practice for our church choir that night and everyone said it was an earthquake - we hadn’t heard the news between dinner and getting me off to the church...
ROFL! That was VERY good! :)
Yeah, I’ve never heard of one in that area before even...
Arlington Hts? I graduated AHS in 79.
God is flat-out tellin’ us.