Kentucky earthquake

People throughout Kentuckiana, from an area as wide as Evansville, Indiana to Central Kentucky, were awakened at 5:36:57 a.m. this morning by strong earthquake tremors lasting 30 seconds or longer. Chicago skyscrapers shook and tall buildings in Indianapolis swayed, with the quake felt as far away as Grand Rapids and Detroit, Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (350 miles from the southeastern Illinois epicenter), and
Atlanta, Georgia. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the magnitude 5.4 earthquake was centered seven miles east of New Salem, IL, 66 miles from Evansville, IN. The earthquake, which was 10 miles below the Earth’s surface, rivalled the strongest on record in the area. Later in the morning, the quake was downgraded to a 5.2, still in the intermediate range for damage.
No injuries were reported in the Kentuckiana earthquake, although there was structural damage in downtown Louisville at the Cosmopolitan building at 309 W. Kentucky St. between Second and Third Sts., where bricks tumbled off an upper story of a brick building, littering the sidewalk with rubble. Windows cracked at Fort Knox, and there was damage to several area homes. Portions of Southern Indiana, including Caesar’s casino, lost power. Students in high-rise dormitories were evacuated at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. Windows at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN were also shattered.