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An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale struck the Midwest early this morning. Raycom Media television stations in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio are providing coverage.

WMC-TV: 5.4 earthquake rocks Illinois; felt in Memphis, TN

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A 5.4 earthquake early Friday in Illinois surprised residents unaccustomed to such a large Midwest tremblor.

The quake just before 4:37 a.m. was centered 6 miles from West Salem, Ill., and 66 miles from Evansville, Ind. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

"It shook our house where it woke me up," said David Behm of Philo, 10 miles south of Champaign. "Windows were rattling, and you could hear it. The house was shaking inches. For people in central Illinois, this is a big deal. It's not like California."

The quake also shook tall buildings in downtown Indianapolis, about 160 miles northeast of the epicenter.

Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Todd Ringle in Evansville said there were no immediate reports of damage.

Locally, people as far south as New Albany, Mississippi reported feeling the tremor.

The quake occurred in the Illinois basin-Ozark dome region that covers parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas and stretches from Indianapolis and St. Louis to Memphis, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The organization's Web site said earthquakes occur irregularly in the area, and that the largest historical earthquake in the region - also a magnitude 5.4 - caused damage in southern Illinois in 1968.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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