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Small earthquake shakes southern Illinois


St. Louis, MO. – A minor earthquake struck in far southern Illinois this afternoon. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at about 3:48 p.m, with a preliminary magnitude of three-point-six.

It was centered about two miles northwest of the town of Equality, which is about 120 miles southeast of St. Louis.

Jim Packett at the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, says plenty of people reported that they felt the ground shake.

But there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

Packett says several minor earthquakes strike southern Illinois each year.