5.2 Earthquake Rattles Midwest
April 18, 2008 at 1:41 PM (PT)
A rude awakening for residents of the MIDWEST this morning, as an earthquake measuring 5.2 and centered 127 miles east of ST. LOUIS, shook southern ILLINOIS at 4:36a (CT), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
There were no immediate reports of damage, according to USGS spokeswoman JESSICA SIGALA. People as far north as CHICAGO and as far west as ST. LOUIS reported feeling the quake
The epicenter of the earthquake was about three miles below ground and 41 miles north-northwest of EVANSVILLE, IN.
WSTO Informs, Then Has Fun
SOUTH CENTRAL Top 40 WSTO (HOT 96)/EVANSVILLE PD JASON ADDAMS told ALL ACCESS, "We did have an earthquake. The epicenter is in our listening area in WEST SALEM, IL. It lasted about 45 seconds. Our local news media took calls for an hour with everyone saying the same thing, 'no damage, 45 seconds, my picture fell off the wall.' BOOKER and SARAH have been covering the story since shortly after 5 with the same amount of mockery that we have come to expect from them. As there were no injuries or damage, we can have some fun with it -- offering $52 dollars cash all day when we play 'Shake It' by Metro Station."
Added WSTO morning host BOOKER, "Absolutely felt it. I was in the studio prepping for the show and it shook the whole building. We've been working with our news room to report FEMA Information and earthquake safety tips. Outside of CALIFORNIA, who the hell knows what to do? I have family in ST. LOUIS and KANSAS CITY and they felt it, as well as CHICAGO and NASHVILLE.
We sit near the NEW MADRID fault lne and have been long overdue for a earthquake ... just glad that it was a 5.2."
Live On WZPL
The tremor caught ENTERCOM Adult Top 40 WZPL (Z99.5)/INDIANAPOLIS morning show DAVE SMILEY a little off-guard during a live break, listen here.
Later, Z99.5’s SMILEY MORNING SHOW got a report from WSTO’s BOOKER & SARAH in EVANSVILLE, IN. Listen here.
And, view a video of WFIE-TV/EVANSVILLE as the quake hit by clicking here.
And Then There Were Aftershocks
A large aftershock went through INDIANA at about 11:14a earlier TODAY. The floor shook in the office of ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS Classic Rock WSHP (95.7 THE ROCKET)/LAFAYETTE, IN PD ROB CREIGHTON while he was working on Selector. Sister Top 40/Mainstream WAZY PD JIMMY KNIGHT was swaying in his chair while he blogged about it and had some fun on the station's website at www.957therocket.com.
Speaking Of Promos...
CLEAR CHANNEL Classic Hits KKRQ (100.7 THE FOX)/IOWA CITY, which also felt the aftershocks, is giving away "I Survived The Great Quake of ‘08" T-shirts. They're qualifying persons all weekend for an earth-shaking concert -- a trip to see MOTLEY CRUE on the road this summer.