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Earthquake Shakes Northern Illinois
Released: 9/2/1999

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News Release Address: USGS A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred in northern Illinois at 12:17 Eastern Daylight Time, or 11:17 local time today, Sept. 2. The epicenter was about 10 miles south southeast of Dixon, Illinois, or about 90 miles west of Chicago. The earthquake was felt in Dixon and Rockford, Illinois. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

The most recent damaging earthquake recorded in this area was a magnitude 4.5 event on Sept. 14, 1972. It was centered at Amboy (Lee County), south of Rockford. Cracks in chimneys, elevated water tanks, and plaster resulted.

The largest recorded earthquake centered in Illinois occurred on Nov 9, 1968 in southern Illinois. The magnitude was 5.5. This event was centered near Dale (Hamilton County), and was felt as far away as Boston, MA and southern Ontario, Canada.

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