Earthquake rattles northern Illinois

An early morning earthquake rattled northern Illinois on Wednesday, shaking an area about 50 miles west-northwest of downtown Chicago, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The magnitude 4.3 quake hit just before 4 a.m. CT (5 a.m. ET), with an epicenter about 3 miles underground. The USGS pinpointed the quake between the towns of Virgil and Sycamore.

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Several callers to CNN said the quake shook their homes severely, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.

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Doug Dupont of Belvidere, Illinois, about 70 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, said the quake shook him out of bed and caused a 1-foot-long crack in the wall of his kitchen.

“It was really scary. It felt like a train was going by our house,” Dupont said. “This is not California. This is northern Illinois. We are not supposed to get earthquakes.”

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