Chicago’s Double Whammy:Record Snow and an Earthquake to Boot

The East Coast wasn’t the only area were snow fall record broken The Windy City broke snowfall record as well. O’Hare International Airport on the city’s very far northwest side measured 12.9 inches. This was a result an Alberta Clipper storm barreling down the on  city, the nor’easter on East Coast which brought lake effect snow to the Chicagoland area.

12.9″ Chicago- O’Hare (official)

9.9″ Chicago- Midway

15.0″ Valparaiso, IN

13.5″ Skokie

13.2″ Northbrook

13.0″ Portage, IN

12.9″ Park Ridge

11.2″ Downers Grove

10.1″ Oakbrook

9.0″ Lombard

7.4″ Rockford

7.2″ Peotone

6.7″ St. Charles

That wasn’t all Chicagoland area was hit with 3.8 earthquake. Yes earthquake  that hit a 3:59 A.M.  Wednesday morning. It was centered near Elgin in Kane County in Far Northwest suburbs. The quake jolted a wide area from Madison,WI, the Quad Cites in the West to Crown Point,In to east and Northern Tennessee to the south.

No one injured. Many people woke from the temblor.

“We got hundreds of calls,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott. “But we have no reports of damage or injuries.”
“The whole house shook,” said Walter Mockus of St. Charles. “The chimes that hang were all ringing. It was so loud, I thought a plane had gone down.”

“It was 4:02 a.m. and I was in bed and felt the whole house shaking,” said Bob Bulmash of Warrenville. “But nothing fell down. It lasted about 3 to 5 seconds.”

In Naperville, Julie Hannon said the quake shook her out of a sound sleep.

“When you feel an earthquake, it makes you wake up right away,” said Hannon, who said she had experienced several quakes when she lived in Japan. “You could feel a shaking and you could hear a rumbling.”

“I heard the plates I didn’t wash from dinner rattle,” said Alice Fabbre of Joliet. “The house shook, but it was very short. At first, I thought it was a snow plow going by.”

“It shook me out bed. I was was sleeping and the whole bed was shaking, it was that violent,” said Rex Covington, who lives in Plato Center Township, about five miles west of Elgin. He estimated the tremor lasted 5 or 6 seconds.

WGN-TV / HD “WGN News” has more.

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