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Quake felt in this area

December 30, 2010

    Did you feel it? 
    Many Adams County residents did, starting their day with an event of seismic proportions as the rumblings of an earthquake were felt locally.    A spokesman with the U.S. Geological Survey organization confirmed a magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred in Indiana at 7:55 a.m. today and was felt in Adams County and the surrounding area.
    The brief event was highlighted by a mild rumbling. And then it was over.
    According to the USGS spokesman, the epicenter of the quake was five miles southeast of Greentown, or 46 miles north-northeast of Indianapolis.
    The most recent earthquake felt in Indiana prior to today's event occurred April 24 of this year near Vincennes in the southwestern portion of the state when a 2.5 magnitude quake was recorded.
    According to the USGS website, the most damaging Indiana earthquake originating within the State, occurred on September 27, 1909, near the Illinois border between Vincennes and Terre Haute.
    Another damaging earthquake originating in Indiana occurred on April 29, 1899, and rated intensity VI to VII on the Modified Mercalli Scale. It was strongest at Jeffersonville and Shelbyville. At Vincennes, chimneys were thrown down and walls cracked. It was felt over an area of 40,000 square miles.

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