Hours ago on this Friday morning, residents awoke to the tremors of a 5.2 magnitude earthquake thatÂ shook the country’s heartland at 4:37 a.m. Houses swayed, Chicago skyscrapers rattled andÂ buildings shook across downtown Columbus.
The epicenter of the quake was in West Salem, Illinois, and shook the ground all the way to Atlanta.
Interesting to note, although it sounds strange, this isn’t the rarest of phenomenons. The area was struck by a 5.0 quake in 2002. Thankfully, no one was hurt and only minor property damage was reported across the 400-mile region Friday.