Indiana earthquake: a 'very loud boom'
December 30th, 2010
12:14 PM ET

Indiana earthquake: a 'very loud boom'

[Update 12:14 p.m.:] The U.S. Geological Survey has downgraded the earthquake from a 4.2 magnitude to a 3.8 magnitude.

[Original post] Debra Sholty was just opening up her business Thursday morning in Kokomo, Indiana, when a magnitude 4.2 earthquake rumbled through the north-central part of the state.

"It was like a huge explosion under your feet," said Sholty, the owner of Hobson Cleaners.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck just before 8 a.m. ET and was three miles deep. Its epicenter was located about 15 miles east-southeast of Kokomo, and 50 miles north of Indianapolis.

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  1. phil

    I doubt the US government is responsible for the world's earthquakes. And I don't recall Jesus mentioning Uncle Sam when he made his prophesies. (Although the prophet Daniel and the Apostle Paul did, but not in connection with earthquakes.)

    December 31, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. 2100

    @MS. miller Hows the fracking up there in your neck of the woods ??

    December 31, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    It's "fraccing"...short for 'fracturing'. It's what we do to open up hydrocarbon bearing formations to extract more than we could otherwise. We formulate our frac fluid using mostly water, acid, and polymers. After drilling a well, if it doesn't produce like we hoped, we frac it. Or, in the case of an older well losing production, we frac it to extract the last bit of oil and/or natural gas. (just so ya know)

    December 31, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    We also use a less invasive form of fraccing especially near rivers, lakes, and streams so as not to contaminate them. My previous post discussed the most common form used because it is fast and somewhat more effective. But it contaminates the surrounding aquifers because it is done with around 25,000 psi. "Foam-faraccing" gently massages the formation and is time consuming. But it is accomplished with lower pressures, generally less than 2,500 psi, and utilizes inert ingredients, as in you could drink the foamer we use and not die. We also use similar ways to initially drill wells, drilling them with compressed air, an air-mist, a stable-foam, or a stiff foam rather than using the conventional mud-drilling technique. Air and/or foam drilling produces very little hydrostatic pressure on the well, whereas mud-drilling produces enourmous pressures at the bottom of the well. There isn't as much room for greed drilling with air/foam though, so it is relatively uncommon.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Good night, sleep well.

    December 31, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. 2100

    Ahh phil, I did'nt say the U.S. GOV. Was responsible for the worlds earth quakes , were talking about just ONE !!! Today in indiana , im sure if u did your home-work(research) u would find out the U.S has many under-ground installations all through out the U.S. , and if u look hard enough (net) you'll discover the U.S. Has Underground installations in that region of the U.S. too

    December 31, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • The Lord

      Thou art retarded.

      December 31, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. sburg

    i would rather read anything based on facts than the bible. the bible is a bunch of stories that people sent to the church and they put them in the bible. So anything in your book is all stories get over it. you know it and the rest of the world knows it unless they are the types that send money to an organized religion. its a scam just like the governments around the world are just people taking from each other. you can say the bible is two thousand years old to because people were no different then always looking out for number one. religion is a joke. and so is government. there is no way 300000000 million Americans pay taxes yet the roads and schools are crap. quit fooling yourselves and look what is really happening. morals are morals that is all the church preaches then they ask for your money. believe in Christ so that i can take your money. that's what they should tell u when u join up with any religion. everyone is acting like a bunch of sheep. why don't u be productive citizens and learn to set the example not be the example. lead follow or get out of the way that's the motto usa used to have.

    December 31, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. sburg

    Indiana sits right on top of the Madrid fault line. underground. last time it moved a 9.0 happened and the Mississippi river flowed backwards for ten minutes read a book before u comment please. learned that in my crappy southern Indiana school by the way.

    December 31, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |

    Most of you simply need to just GET A LIFE !!!!

    December 31, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Skrilla Gorilla

    Pray for those in the 4.2 India quake. May the government not use nukes again under India.

    December 31, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ed Bailey

    When you look at the collective amount of brainwashed idiotcy in this country, it is easy to understand why we allow two faced con men to lead us.religion has its place, and that place is not in serving the many years of war happeneed trying to force a personal choice on others is there any stronger argument than the middle east or closer to home,UTAH. Any government official no matter what level should be terminates immediately if thet utter the word 'GOD'.

    December 31, 2010 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. sburg

    right there with u bud. and people can call me an atheist or whatever u want. truth is i base my decisions on facts not. what people tell u. if our courts worked the same way as some people think then they could put u in prison because someone said u did it even with no evidence of it. everyone makes stupid decisions its what makes us human.

    December 31, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. YeahBaby

    Oh please! 3.8 will barely rattle the dishes. Just another case of a hick state with an inferiority complex getting its 15 minutes. Enjoy it, gomer

    December 31, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    "Men of Goodwill, mindful therefore of the Law laid down by God, will oppose Government's whose rule is by men, and, if they wish to survive as a Nation they will destroy that Government which attempts to adjudicate by the whim or power of venal Judges."–Cicero

    December 31, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pablo hack

    Bible thumpers rule! Keep on pushing...just like drug dealers but a bit less poison. Booze it up!!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
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