Magnitude 3.8 - INDIANA

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2010 December 30 12:55:21 UTC

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Earthquake Details

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Magnitude3.8
Date-Time
Location40.427°N, 85.888°W
Depth4.9 km (3.0 miles) set by location program
RegionINDIANA
Distances20 km (15 miles) ESE of Kokomo, Indiana
20 km (15 miles) WSW of Marion, Indiana
40 km (25 miles) S of Wabash, Indiana
75 km (50 miles) NNE of INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana
Location UncertaintyError estimate not available
ParametersNST= 88, Nph= 88, Dmin=102.9 km, Rmss=0 sec, Gp= 32°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Source
  • USGS National Earthquake Information Service, Golden, Colorado, USA
Event IDusc0000x03
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Earthquake Summary

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Tectonic Summary

EARTHQUAKES IN THE STABLE CONTINENTAL REGION
Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York - Philadelphia - Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake. The earthquakes that do occur strike anywhere at irregular intervals.

Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains, although less frequent than in the West, are typically felt over a much broader region. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at many places as far as 100 km (60 mi) from where it occurred, and it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake usually can be felt as far as 500 km (300 mi) from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage as far away as 40 km (25 mi).

FAULTS
Earthquakes everywhere occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles deep. Most of the region's bedrock was formed as several generations of mountains rose and were eroded down again over the last billion or so years.

At well-studied plate boundaries like the San Andreas fault system in California, often scientists can determine the name of the specific fault that is responsible for an earthquake. In contrast, east of the Rocky Mountains this is rarely the case. All parts of this vast region are far from the nearest plate boundaries, which, for the U.S., are to the east in the center of the Atlantic Ocean, to the south in the Caribbean Sea, and to the west in California and offshore from Washington and Oregon. The region is laced with known faults but numerous smaller or deeply buried faults remain undetected. Even most of the known faults are poorly located at earthquake depths. Accordingly, few earthquakes east of the Rockies can be linked to named faults. This earthquake is not thought to be associated with Indiana's best known seismic zone (the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone) along the Wabash river in southwestern Indiana. It is difficult to determine if a known fault outside of an active seismic zone could generate a small earthquake like this one. Sesimologists estimate the fault that slipped to cause this earthquake has an area of about 1 square mile. The Earth's crust is laced with enormous numbers of faults of this size making small earthquakes like this possible nearly anywhere at any time. In most areas east of the Rockies, the best guide to earthquake hazards is the earthquakes themselves.

Earthquake Information for Indiana