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Earthquake! But Not in LA, 5.2 Strikes Illinois and Beyond

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Janet Clem, 37, looks at the damage to her home in Mt. Carmel, Ill., Friday April 18, 2008 from an early morning earthquake. that registered as a 5.2 magnitude earthquake, centered in southern Illinois (AP Photo/Daniel R. Patmore)

This one is for those transplants from the Midwest, especially the ones who moved out here and have never experienced an earthquake. Well, the place you left, whether that be Chicago, or even in Ohio, got a shaker early this morning, leaving your friends and family from home an earthquake experience before you here in "earthquake county."

The 5.2 hit West Salem, IL at 4:37 a.m. and was felt as far away as 450 miles causing some damage, but no injuries. Locally, a 5.2 is usually enough to rattle nerves, knock some liquor bottles down and some other light damage, but nothing to be too concerned over. Skyscrapers shook in Chicago and one resident of Cincinnati reported the saking lasted 20 seconds. "All of a sudden, I was awakened by this rumbling shaking," she told FOX News. "My bed is an older wood frame bed, so the bed started to creak and shake, and it was almost like somebody was taking my mattress and moving it back and forth."

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The earthquake was on the New Madrid fault, which is known for some of the history's worst quakes in the 1800s when ground would rattle consistently at 9 and 10.0 on the Richter scale.

Local to Los Angeles, it was announced earlier this week that "the big one" is likely to hit California within 30 years. Store that water away and get prepared!

Also: Today is the 102nd anniversary of the Great San Francisco Quate of 1906.