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Minor earthquake near New Madrid fault

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:43:25 CST
By: AP

A preliminary magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported in southern Illinois.   The US Geological Survey says the earthquake's epicenter was 4 miles north of Bellmont in Wabash County. Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Patti Thompson said the state had no reports of any damage.   Officials with the USGS say the earthquake happened about 5:28 p.m. The area is near the New Madrid seismic zone. The largest earthquake reported in the state was a magnitude 5.4 in southern Illinois in 1968.

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