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Earthquake Confirmed Near Kokomo

An earthquake that occurred this morning near Kokomo was felt across the region.  The quake that was centered 15 miles south of Kokomo measured 3.8 on the Richter scale.  United States Geological Survey Geophysicist Randy Baldwin says it wasn’t strong enough to cause any damage, but it was widely felt.

“It would have felt like a heavily loaded truck passing if you were in a house and it probably would have rattled a few windows and dishes and that sort of thing,” said Baldwin.

Kokomo’s Deputy Fire Chief Brad Myers says the phones to dispatch and 911 were ringing off the hook just before 8:00 when the earthquake hit.  He says callers were reporting something that felt like earthquake movement or an explosion.

“When I got to work one of the guys told me that he felt it and it probably lasted for about five seconds and the guys that were already in the station felt it,” said Myers.  “People who were coming in said that they felt it.  Just basically people from all over Howard County were feeling this.”

According to The National Earthquake Information Center there have been quakes in the area before.  In 2004 there was a magnitude 3.8 within about 50 or 60 miles of Kokomo … and there was another one in 1990 that was a 3.0.

Officials say there is a likelihood of aftershocks over the next couple of days.

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