Earthquake strikes western Indiana, felt in Chicago

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a 3.8 magnitude earthquake struck western Indiana near the border with Illinois on Thursday.

The federal agency said the quake occurred at 3:18 p.m. and was centered about 2 miles west of the Parke County town of Bloomingdale.

The USGS said the quake occurred at a depth of about 1.9 miles beneath the Earth’s surface.

Residents across northern, central and southern portions of Indiana reported on the USGS website that they had felt the temblor. Residents in parts of Illinois and southern Michigan also reported feeling the quake.

On social media, people in Chicago even reported feeling the shaking.

"I was sitting on my couch in Chicago and I definitely felt it!" one Twitter user said.

According to, no injuries were immediately reported but some "very light" damage was reported near Montezuma.

Residents of Fort Wayne, Indiana – which is on the northeast side of the state – also said they felt the quake.


Associated Press contributed to this report.