- Wabash Valley
The Wabash Valley is a
regionwith parts in both Illinoisand Indiana. It is named for the Wabash Riverand spans the middle to the middle-lower portion of the river and is centered at Terre Haute, Indiana. The term Wabash Valley is frequently used in local media.
Wabash Valley Fault Systemin southeastern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and adjacent corner of Kentucky extends about 60 miles north-northeastward from just north of the Shawneetownand Rough CreekFault Zones.
Magnitude5.2 quake took place in the Wabash zone [ [http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs-131-02/NMmap6flat.html USGS Fact Sheet 131-02: Earthquake Hazard in the Heart of the Homeland ] ] on April 18, 2008at 09:37 UTC (04:37 CST), about 41 miles NNW of Evansville, Indiana, near the community of West Salem, Illinois[http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/nmhwb0418a.html Magnitude 5.2 - ILLINOIS] USGS] . It was felt all across southern Illinois, southern Indiana, western and central Kentucky and eastern Missouri, waking people up in Chicagoand St. Louis, 123 miles away. [Television reports, KSDK, "Early Today", April 18, 2008] [ [http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/eqinthenews/2008/us2008qza6/ Magnitude 5.2 - ILLINOIS ] ] This was followed by several aftershocks and a second, magnitude 4.6 quake at 15:14 UTC (10:14 CST). [http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008qzbw.html] There were no injuries or serious damage reported late Friday morning, April 18, 2008. [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-earthquake-web-apr19,0,7240235.story?page=1] "Chicago feels aftershock to Midwest quake", Chicago Tribune, April 18, 2008] In Mt. Carmel, Illinois, 15 southeast of the epicenter, a woman was reported trapped in her home by a collapsed porch but was quickly freed and wasn't hurt, said Mickie Smith, a police dispatcher there.
The earthquake occurred coincidentally on the 102nd anniversary of the
1906 San Francisco earthquake.
The largest quake to have taken place in this Zone was a 5.4 earthquake in 1968.
Counties in the Wabash Valley include Posey, Gibson, Vigo, Clay, Sullivan, Vermillion, Parke, Greene, Putnam, Owen, Knox, Daviess, Martin, and Fountain counties in Indiana. The Illinois portion consists of Clark, Edgar, Crawford, Jasper, Cumberland, Coles, Douglas, Edwards, Wabash, and White, counties. It also may or may not include, depending on the source, Monroe, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, and Warren counties in Indiana, and Lawrence, Richland, Vermillion, Champaign, and Effingham counties in Illinois.
* [http://www.thewabashvalley.com TheWabashValley.com is a message board about the Wabash Valley, Terre Haute and the surrounding communities.]
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