Earthquake Shakes Illinois Friday

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Woodlawn, IL – Amid a tumultuous night of severe weather, residents in southern Illinois were rocked by a different kind of natural phenomenon: a 2.3 magnitude earthquake. 

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed the quake occurred northwest of Woodlawn, marking the fifth seismic event in the region since November. This recent shake, embedded within a stormy backdrop, underscores an unusual uptick in seismic activity for an area that typically reports a solitary earthquake annually.

According to the USGS, the earthquake struck at 1:05 am Thursday morning, with a depth of 19.2 kilometers. While minor in scale, the occurrence amidst significant weather disturbances highlights the unpredictable nature of geological events in Illinois. State officials have not reported any significant damage or injuries, but they continue to monitor the situation closely.

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