Don't ask me the question posed in the headline. For some reason, I don't feel earthquakes below a certain Richter scale measurement.

Several years ago, we had one around here that measure 5-something, but I did not feel it. I don't know why, but I didn't.

Don't get me wrong. I don't want Earth's tectonic plates to keep trying until I do. But, yeah, small enough quakes don't seem to register on my own personal Richter scale.

So, I likely wouldn't have felt the tremor that may or may not have caused a little noticeable "shake-up" in Muhlenberg County Thursday morning.

The USGS says the 2.6 quake originated 9 kilometers or just over 5.5 miles from the tiny Muhlenberg County community of Morehead early Thursday morning.

Also according to the USGS, this is not a part of the New Madrid seismic zone (which is what I thought), but the less active Illinois basin-Ozark dome region.

You learn something new everyday.

The Survey says this area experiences quakes with moderate frequency and that largest in this zone occurred back in 1968, a 5.4 quake that damaged Southern Illinois.

So far, there have been no reports of any damage.



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