Tremors felt locally

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 18, 2008

Ruth King was awake and lying in bed listening to her radio this morning when something happened she certainly did not expect: her bed began to shake.

“It was so slight at first that I thought ‘is that my bed shaking?’ and after two or three seconds and I said to myself, ‘That is my bed shaking,’” the Sherman Thompson Towers resident said.

What jolted King was a 5.2 earthquake that, while centered six miles from West Salem, Ill., was felt as far away as the Tri-State.

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“It shook the tall buildings,” King said. “The people on ground level probably didn’t feel it and my friends on the seventh floor are laughing at me because they said they didn’t feel it.”

Ironton Police Department Dispatcher Jeanine Tordiff said she received five or six calls from people asking why their residence was shaking. People in Greenup, Ky., also reported feeling the tremor.

Those closer to the epicenter said there were no reports of significant damage.

The quake affected parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The last time a tremor was felt here was in the late 1980s.