Friday, May 2

Early morning earthquake strikes southern Illinois area

[MAY 2, 2003]  A minor earthquake struck an area of southeastern Illinois at about 3:10 a.m. today (Friday). It measured a magnitude of 3.2, remaining near the surface at a depth of only 0.59 km. The center was 0.12 km (0.07 miles) southeast of Rural Hill in Hamilton County, at 37.96 degrees latitude, 88.65 degrees longitude

This earthquake area overlaps the southern Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky earthquake that occurred on Friday, Jan. 3. The January quake was also minor, showing 3.1 on the Richter scale. It occurred 10 km (6 miles) south-southeast of New Haven, with a hypocentral depth of 18 km (11 miles).

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