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USGS reports 3.8 magnitude earthquake near Montezuma, Indiana

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Posted at 3:37 PM, Jun 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 22:33:55-04

PARKE COUNTY — A 3.8 magnitude earthquake was reported in Parke County Thursday afternoon.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 3.8 magnitude quake was reported just northeast of Montezuma, Indiana.

Michael Hamburger, a geophysics professor at Indiana University, says the quake was felt strongly in the Terre Haute area, but was felt as far away as Logansport and Bloomington. Hoosiers as far as Noblesville and Greenwood reported on social media that they could feel the quake.

"This is not entirely unusual for this to happen in our part of the country. We do have earthquakes from time to time and one this size probably happens every few years somewhere in and around the state of Indiana," Hamburger said.

Hamburger says the earthquake's magnitude was enough to be felt by those who were awake with strong sound.

"Mostly it’s going to be the auditory and sensory reports of people feeling a pretty strong shake ... but I would not be surprised if there were reports of a few cracks in foundations," he said. "An earthquake of this size is very unlikely to produce any kind of damage more than a few miles from the epicenter."

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Hamburger says the quake happened on the northernmost end of the Wabash Valley seismic zone.