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Update: 3.8 earthquake hits northern Illinois, tremors in Wis.

CHICAGO (WKOW) - A small earthquake struck northern Illinois early Wednesday morning, sending shock waves out as far away as Michigan and Iowa.

No damage or injuries have been reported yet after the 3.8-magnitude quake struck about 45 miles northwest of Chicago at 4:00 a.m.

Scientists put the epicenter in the Village of Gilberts in Kane County.

The U.S. Geological Survey says such quakes are rare in northern Illinois. The USGS initially reported the magnitude at 4.3 but downgraded it later in the morning.

You can also watch video reports from our sister station, WREX in Rockford, Ill.


ILLINOIS (WKOW) -- The Chicago suburbs and surrounding areas were rattled by an early morning earthquake and many people reported feeling across Southern Wisconsin.

The US Geological Survey confirms a 4.3 magnitude earthquake happened at 3:59 a.m.

The epicenter was four miles west-northwest of Virgil, 22 miles northwest of Aurora, and 48 miles west-northwest of Chicago.

A viewer in Dodgeville tells 27 News she felt the earthquake rattle her bedroom and decorations hanging on the walls.

Others in Rock County reported feeling tremors and beds shaking.

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