BLOOMINGDALE, Ind. (WISHES) – A small earthquake centered in a small town in western central Indiana shook the Midwest Thursday afternoon.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, with a magnitude of 3.8 p.m. 18:18 Thursday was centered about 3 miles west of Bloomingdale, a town of 300 in Parke County.
The Geological Survey had originally said the quake was centered about 3 miles northeast of Montezuma, a 980 town in Parke County. Tasha Griffin, a clerk with the city’s supply office, said no earthquake damage had been reported in the city, but “It scared everyone.”
Earthquakes with a magnitude of 3-3.8 are often felt, but cause only minor damage. News 8 viewers shared some of their experiences in a Facebook post on the WISH TV page.
Former News 8 anchor David Barras tweeted from his home in Carmel that he felt the quake, and others in Muncie, Sheridan and Fountain County told him they were experiencing it.
Cynthia Stewart of Peru in northern Indiana was upstairs in her three-story home when the building “creaked.”
Earthquakes are rare in Indiana. According to the Indiana Geological & Water Survey, the last earthquake felt in the state on August 9, 2020, was a magnitude 5.1 centered in Sparta, North Carolina. No injuries or damage were reported.
The last earthquake centered in Indiana at. 08.48 on May 28, 2015. The strongest earthquake 2.3 was centered 16 miles southwest of Evansville near Haubstadt, Indiana. No injuries or damage were reported.