Earthquakes
Recent Earthquakes in or Around Indiana

2017 September 19


M 3.8 ALBION, ILLINOIS

At 7:47 AM EST on September 19, 2017, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred near Albion, Illinois, 28 miles southwest of Vincennes. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was IV (light). No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2015 May 28


M 2.3 HAUBSTADT, INDIANA

At 8:48 AM EST on May 28, 2015, a magnitude 2.3 earthquake occurred near Haubstadt, Indiana, 16 miles southwest of Evansville. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was III (weak). No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2012 May 10


M 3.1 BICKNELL, INDIANA

At 5:54 PM EST on May 10, 2012, a magnitude 3.1 earthquake occurred near Bicknell, Indiana, 10 north-northeast of Vincennes and 40 miles northwest of Jasper. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was IV (light). No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2012 May 10


M 2.7 BICKNELL, INDIANA

At 5:07 PM EST on May 10, 2012, a magnitude 2.7 earthquake occurred near Bicknell, Indiana, 10 north-northeast of Vincennes and 40 miles northwest of Jasper. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was III (weak). No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2012 April 11


M 2.2 WASHINGTON, INDIANA

At 3:02 AM EST on April 11, 2012, a magnitude 2.2 earthquake occurred 2.6 miles west of Washington, Indiana. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was II (weak). No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2012 January 26


M 3.0 EMMA, INDIANA

At 5:35 PM EST on January 26, 2012, a magnitude 3.0 earthquake occurred near Emma, Indiana, 15 miles south-southwest of Sturgis, Michigan. No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2011 August 23


M 5.8 MINERAL, VIRGINIA

At 1:51 PM EST on August 23, 2011, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurred near Mineral, Virginia, 84 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was VIII (very strong). The U.S. Geological Survey's Web site notes that more than 243 Indiana citizens reported feeling the quake.

This event demonstrates how earthquakes occurring near the Midwest often are felt over large geographic areas, compared to earthquakes in the western United States. Because of the much older age and cooler temperatures of Midwestern rocks, waves generated by an earthquake are able to travel much greater distances without losing intensity, compared with younger, warmer rocks in California.

2010 December 30


M 3.8 GREENTOWN, INDIANA

At 7:55 AM EST on December 30, 2010, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred 5 miles from Greentown, Indiana. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was V (moderate). No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event. Residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan reported shaking from the earthquake.

2009 December 30


M 1.1 POSEYVILLE, INDIANA

At 3:41 AM EST on May 2, 2009, a magnitude 1.1 earthquake occurred near Poseyville, Indiana, 20 miles north-northwest of Evansville. No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2009 December 24


M 1.6 PRINCETON, INDIANA

At 7:20 AM EST on December 24, 2009, a magnitude 1.6 earthquake occurred near Princeton, Indiana, 24 miles south of Vincennes. No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2008 April 21


M 4.0 MOUNT CARMEL, ILLINOIS

At 12:38 AM EST on April 11, 2008, a magnitude 4.0 earthquake occurred near Mount Carmel, Illinois, 25 miles southwest of Vincennes. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was V (moderate).

2008 April 18


M 4.7 MOUNT CARMEL, ILLINOIS

At 10:14 AM EST on April 18, 2008, a magnitude 4.7 earthquake occurred near Mount Carmel, Illinois, 25 miles southwest of Vincennes. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was VII (very strong).

2008 April 18


M 5.2 MT. CARMEL, ILLINOIS

At 5:36 AM EST on April 18th, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake occurred approximately 5 miles northwest of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, 25 miles southwest of Vincennes. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was VII (very strong). The earthquake was felt throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, and as far away as Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

2004 September 12


M 3.8 MORRISTOWN, INDIANA

At 8:05 AM EST on September 12, 2004, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred near Morristown, Indiana, 14 miles south-southeast of Greenfield. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was IV (light). No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2003 January 03


M 2.9 MOUNT VERNON, INDIANA

At 11:17 AM EST on September 12, 2004, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred near Mount Vernon, Indiana, 23 miles west-southwest of Evansville and 20 miles west of Henderson, Kentucky. No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2002 July 18


M 4.6 MOUNT VERNON, INDIANA

At 12:37 PM EST on July 18, 2002, a magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred near Mount Vernon, Indiana, 11 miles west of Evansville and 15 miles northwest of Henderson, Kentucky. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was VII (very strong). The earthquake was felt throughout Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky, and as far away as Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

2000 December 07


M 3.9 EVANSVILLE, INDIANA

At 9:08 AM EST on December 7, 2000, a magnitude 3.9 earthquake occurred near Evansville, Indiana, 20 miles west of Henderson, Kentucky. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was VI (strong). No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2000 August 26


M 2.9 EVANSVILLE, INDIANA

At 3:04 AM EST on August 26, 2000, a magnitude 3.9 earthquake occurred at Greenbrier, Indiana, 18 miles east-northeast of Evansville and 24 miles north-northwest of Owensboro, Kentucky. No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2000 April 13


M 3.6 GREENCASTLE, INDIANA

At 10:54 PM EST on April 13, 2000, a magnitude 3.6 earthquake occurred 10 miles west of Greencastle, Indiana, 32 miles west of Indianapolis. The maximum perceived intensity on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale was II (weak). No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

2000 March 06


M 2.7 DARNSTADT, INDIANA

At 10:02 AM EST on March 6, 2000, a magnitude 2.7 earthquake occurred at Darmstadt, Indiana, 9 miles north of Evansville and 18 miles north of Henderson, Kentucky. No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the event.

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