This morning, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake shook the Midwest, with an epicenter located just under 40 miles from Evansville, Indiana, in the town of Bellmont, Illinois. This earthquake, at latest report, caused minor damage to some structures and roadways, trapping one woman in her home for a brief time but resulting in no known injuries, but was felt hundreds of miles away in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Chicago. Five aftershocks had already been recorded by the USGS (United States Geological Survey) by late morning here in the Midwest, and more are likely to follow. Two videos are featured below. Perhaps the most interesting for the purposes of you, our users, here at National Weather Online, is the footage of the live weather broadcast ongoing at the time of the earthquake. In the world of TV meteorology, we often hear from the American Meteorological Society of the need to have "station scientists." Today proves the importance of that role. We here at National Weather Online commend this meteorologist, Byron Douglas, from WFIE 14 News, for keeping his cool, explaining the frequency of earthquakes, mentioning the fault line, and conducting his duty as "station scientist" to the letter, including introducing other possibilities of what may have been going on.
This second video, is a summary of the earthquake from the Associated Press.