5.4 Earthquake Closes Highway-Damages Bridge in St. Louis …Update: Aftershock!
A 5.4 earthquake early Friday rocked people awake as far away as Indiana, surprising residents unaccustomed to such a large Midwest temblor.
The quake just before 4:37 a.m. was centered 6 miles from West Salem, Ill., and 66 miles from Evansville, Ind. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
“It shook our house where it woke me up,” said David Behm of Philo, 10 miles south of Champaign. “Windows were rattling, and you could hear it. The house was shaking inches. For people in central Illinois, this is a big deal. It’s not like California.”
The quake also shook tall buildings in downtown Indianapolis, about 160 miles northeast of the epicenter.
There was damage reported to a bridge in South St. Louis, via KMOV:
Authorities have close the two outside lanes of the Kingshighway viaduct at Southwest and Shaw in south St. Louis. Chunks of concert fell from the span during an earthquake just after 4:30 a.m. Friday morning.
Bob McCarty is following the earthquake news this morning.
UPDATE: (Friday AM) Aftershock!