Minor Earthquake Hits Central Indiana

An earthquake about five miles below the ground hit north central Indiana shortly before sunrise Thursday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.8 magnitude earthquake centered five miles southeast of Greentown, Indiana. According to published reports, the Indiana Geological Survey had no records of an earthquake this size in Central Indiana ever.

The earthquake was felt in the Starke County area Thursday morning. WKVI News spoke with EMA Director, Ted Bombaghetti, Thursday, about Starke County’s preparedness in case of a major earthquake event in the County. Bombaghetti said that there is a contingency plan if Starke County were to be involved in a major earthquake. Emergency personnel in the Indiana District 2 Task Force, which includes Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall, Kosciusko, Pulaski, Starke and St. Joseph Counties, would be deployed to assist in search and rescue, fire, ambulance, police and all other types of emergency needs. If needed, other emergency personnel from the nine other Indiana Districts would be able to assist in the effort. Bombaghetti is confident that the State of Indiana is prepared for a major disaster.

Emergency personnel from the Indiana District 2 Task force recently trained in an earthquake scenario in Pulaski County earlier this year.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is notifying Hoosiers who felt Thursday morning’s earthquake to report their location on the U.S. Geological Survey website.