Kane County, Illinois, Earthquake Media Contacts

On February 10, 2010, at 3:59 a.m. CDT, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred in Kane County, Illinois. Following closely on the heels of the catastrophic Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010, this small Illinois earthquake was strong enough to waken many people in the Chicago area. The event provided an opportunity for Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) staff to discuss earthquake hazards through several media outlets in northern Illinois. Robert Bauer was kept busy throughout the day with four live radio interviews on WGN Radio, two WGN TV interviews, and a Chicago Cable TV interview about the event. Other ISGS staff provided background information and graphics for "NBC Nightly News" in Chicago. Timothy Larson was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune and the Illinois State House News (Chicago office) and appeared on WCIA TV Champaign. Bauer and Larson also gave interviews to the Rockford Register Star, Quad Cities Argus, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison), and the DePaul University paper and taped interviews for radio stations WNIJ DeKalb and WJOL Joliet. Right after the earthquake, the ISGS also provided background information on historical events in northeastern Illinois and potential aftershocks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V Office in Chicago and to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, which provided this information to the governor in its report.