earthquake en Illinois Among The Highest Risk For Earthquakes <p>Illinois and Missouri are on the list of states with the highest risk for earthquakes.</p><p>A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth of the nation. &nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:23:40 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 29527 at Illinois Among The Highest Risk For Earthquakes Illinois Test Runs Earthquake Response <p>The Midwest isn't typically thought of as a place at risk of a major earthquake. Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken says the chances are higher than most people would estimate. He says the U.S. Geological Survey says that in the next 50 years, there is a 10-percent chance that Illinois could experience an earthquake of the magnitude emergency responders are running practice exercises for this week. It's meant to test capabilities in the event of a quake in the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:20:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 27390 at Illinois Test Runs Earthquake Response New Madrid Fault Still Active And Poses A Threat <p></p><p>Scientists said today that the New Madrid fault zone in the nation's midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes. &nbsp;</p><p>The journal Science published the study online. U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough was part of the study. She says the fault zone is ``not dead yet.'' &nbsp;<br />Researchers have long debated just how much of a hazard New Madrid poses. The zone stretches 150 miles, crossing parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:13:02 +0000 Associated Press 17493 at New Madrid Fault Still Active And Poses A Threat Scientists Now Say Shaking In Suburbs Was An Earthquake <p>Scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey say it's likely it was an earthquake that shook Chicago's western suburbs after a blast at a quarry.</p><p>USGS scientist Jim Dewey says research indicates quarry blasts don't cause larger follow-up tremors. However, a quarry blast in McCook was followed by a related tremor seven seconds later.</p><p>Dewey says USGS scientists now believe the blast triggered a release of tectonic strain at a shallow depth, not miles deep in the earth's crust where earthquakes usually originate.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:25:24 +0000 Associated Press 13107 at Scientists Now Say Shaking In Suburbs Was An Earthquake Shaking Was Quarry Blast, Not An Earthquake <p>The U.S. Geological Survey says the shaking with a measured magnitude 3.2 in northern Illinois was a blast and not an earthquake. &nbsp;</p><p><br />USGS geophysicist Don Blakeman also says it appears Monday afternoon's blast came from within a rock quarry but that the exact location of the blast had not yet been determined. He says that all indications so far leads experts to believe that the blast came from the quarry. That includes that the epicenter is in an area close to the quarry. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:39:53 +0000 Associated Press 12348 at Shaking Was Quarry Blast, Not An Earthquake