Aftershocks Expected For Weeks To Come

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Geologists who gathered a week after a 5.2-magnitude earthquake shook the Midwest said they expect mild aftershocks to rattle the region for several weeks.

The latest aftershock, a 3.7 magnitude temblor, was felt in Evansville on Friday as geologists from nine states met in the southwestern Indiana city to discuss the recent quakes.

"We will probably be seeing these for weeks," said Bob Bauer of the Illinois State Geological Survey.

The U.S. Geological Survey says 26 aftershocks have been centered in Illinois since a 5.2-magnitude quake centered in an area below West Salem, Ill., caused minor damage.

Two of the aftershocks have measured at least a 4.0 magnitude, but most have been about 2.0.

The epicenter of Friday's aftershock was below Bellmont, Ill., about 35 miles from Evansville. There were no reports of damage or injuries, but some Evansville residents felt it.

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