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Quakes continue to rattle region with two on Thursday

August 13, 2016

ILLINOIS — The U.S. Geological Survey says another earthquake has shook the region this week, this time around 5:30 Thursday night, a 2.4 magnitude quake was centered a few miles east-northeast of McLeansboro.

Earlier in the day a magnitude 2.5 tremor was recorded a few miles southwest of Friendsville in rural Wabash County, Ill.

Shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, a magnitude 2.4 quake centered west of Albion in Edwards County, Ill.

USGS officials say the recent quakes are associated with the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone which is believed by many researchers as a branch of the more infamous New Madrid Seismic Zone.

The New Madrid has also seen some action in the past few days. A 2.6 magnitude earthquake shook Southeast Missouri around 4 a.m. Tuesday, and was the third earthquake in that region in just a few days.

Early Monday morning, a 2.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded east of Mount Vernon, Illinois. On Saturday, a 2.3 magnitude quake hit near Caruthersville and on Sunday, a 2.5 magnitude earthquake rattled near Tiptonville, Tenn.

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