Seismologist Sizes Up the Quake

While many of us were still waking up , a stateline university professor was catching a detailed picture of what was going on underground.

I was working on getting my notes ready for my classes and we had this booming noise in the house then a shaking then a shuttering kind of motion..."
AFTER CALMING DOWN HIS FAMILY, N-I-U GEOLOGY PROFESSOR PHILIP CARPENTER RUSHED TO THE UNIVERSITY'S SCIESMOLOGY VAULT TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED ... WAITING FOR HIM ... CRYSTAL CLEAR EVIDENCE OF AN EARTHQUAKE.
"..it was very exciting to see such a beautiful recording and that we actually recorded this quake..."
EARTHQUAKES ARE MEASURED ON THE RICHTER SCALE. WEDNESDAY'S HAD A FINAL MEASUREMENT OF 3.8. TO GIVE US A SENSE OF SCALE, CARPENTER COMPARES IT TO THE QUAKE IN HAITI.
"...the haiti earthquake was a magnitude seven which is about a thousand times more powerful than what we ecperienced this morning, so it kind of gives you an idea of the magnitude of the destruction in haiti and this morning's earthquake probably caused no damage or very very minor damage..."
THERE *HAVE BEEN OTHER SMALL TREMORS IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS, THE MOST RECENT IN 2004. IN 2008 A MAGNITUDE 5.2 EARTHQUAKE ROCKED SOUTHERN ILLINOIS .. DAMAGING A NUMBER OF BUILDINGS. CARPENTER SAYS THIS WAS NOT CAUSED BY THE SAME FAULT LINE.
"...we are a long ways from the plate boundries, so these kinds of quakes are rather mysterious, and we don't know why they occur.."
WITH THIS NEW DATA TO GO OVER, CARPENTER SAYS HE'LL HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES TO HIS CLASS NOTES. IN DEKALB 23 NEWS, RIGHT NOW.


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