(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Shaking was not too severe when an earthquake struck the tri-state last week, but may have been just enough to crack a home’s foundation or rupture a gas line.
The 3.8 magnitude quake originated in Greentown, Indiana – north of Indianapolis - on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 7:55 a.m.
Public safety officials with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security are encouraging Hoosiers to check for signs of damage to their homes.
A magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred at 7:55 a.m. EST and was centered 5 miles southeast of Greentown in Howard County.
"It's important that you report any damage to the proper authorities. If you notice any damage to your utility lines, especially gas lines, call your local utility company immediately and report the damage," said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson.
Residents should look for any new or widened cracks in floors, masonry or walls. Also check that utility lines and boxes have not been damaged.
To report any vibrations felt in your area, visit the IDHS webpage at www.in.gov/dhs and click on the "3.8M Earthquake registered in Howard County - Did you feel it?" link.
For more information about how to respond to and prepare for earthquakes and other disasters, visit www.in.gov/dhs.getprepared.