Germantown, March 29: An earthquake of magnitude 2.8 has been reported in southern Illinois, near the Missouri state line, the US Geological Survey reported. The earthquake was detected about 6:55 pm Thursday north of Germantown, about 40 miles (64 kilometres) east of St. Louis, at a depth of just over 14 miles (22.5 kilometres). No injuries or damage have been reported.

Parts of Illinois are located within the 150-mile-long (241-kilometre-long) New Madrid Seismic Zone, according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security. Parts of northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri and western Tennessee also are within the zone. Earthquake in US: Quake of Magnitude 5.1 on Richter Scale Hits Oklahoma, No Casualty Reported,

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake rattled northern Illinois and parts of three other states in November. That tremor was centres near Standard, Illinois, about 100 miles (161 kilometres) southwest of downtown Chicago, according to the USGS.

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