Illinois Earthquake, Jul 1909


Shock is Felt Late Sunday Night at Mason City, Havana, Petersburg and Other Points.

Bloomington, Ill., July 19. -- An earthquake was reported at Mason City, twenty-eight miles southwest of here at 10:35 Sunday night. Windows rattled, doors shaken open and hundreds of people rushed into the streets. No damage was reported.

The shock was also felt at Havana, Petersburg, Pleasant Plains, Forest City and Farmington.

Belleville News-Democrat, Belleville, IL 19 Jul 1909


Petersburg was damaged by an earthquake originating in the New Madrid Fault, on July 18, 1909. The earthquake was felt over most of central Illinois, but Petersburg suffered the most widespread damage.,_Illinois