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Indiana's strongest earthquake in more than a decade sends ripples into Illinois, Michigan

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  • The earthquake struck near Montezuma, about 65 miles west of Indianapolis.
  • The largest quake in state history occurred in 1909, a 5.1 in the Wabash Valley, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The strongest earthquake in 11 years struck Indiana on Thursday, leaving some Hoosiers rattled in their homes and offices.

The United States Geological Survey reported a 3.8 magnitude earthquake about two miles northeast of Montezuma around 3:15 p.m. – matching a 3.8 temblor that jolted the central part of the state in 2010, according to the USGS.

The area’s largest earthquake occurred more than 30 years ago, a 4.0 shaker also near Montezuma, USGS geophysicist Jana Parsley told USA TODAY. The largest earthquake in state history occurred in 1909, a 5.1 in the Wabash Valley, she said.

Hoosiers from Terre Haute to Muncie, and as far north as Granger and Mishawaka, reported they felt the ground beneath them shake on the USGS’ “Did You Feel It?” website. People in parts of Illinois, including Chicago, and southern Michigan also reported feeling the quake.

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