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Tennessee residents feel quake

RANDALL DICKERSON                                                                                                              Associated Press Writer       

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - People across Tennessee awoke suddenly to shaking from an earthquake in Illinois early Friday, but no damage or injuries were reported.

The quake just before 4:37 a.m. was centered six miles from West Salem, Ill., about 175 miles north of Nashville. It was felt in such distant cities as Milwaukee, Des Moines, Iowa, and Atlanta, nearly 400 miles to the southeast. Dozens of aftershocks followed, one with a magnitude of 4.5.

Tennesseans from Memphis to the Tri-Cities reported feeling the temblor.

Misty McCullum of Millersville said her pictures were askew after her house shook for more than a minute.

In Wilson County, environmental engineer Charlie Robinson said he woke up to a strange noise and found it was Venetian blinds rattling against his bedroom windows.

Nashville music publicist Mike Farley said he was awakened at his home and heard something that sounded like movement in the attic or on the roof. Farley went outside to check, but saw nothing.

Others in East Tennessee reported their beds shaking, windows rattling and furniture rocking.

In Memphis, Eonoe Jones said she was shaken awake and felt like she was being moved to the side of her bedroom, but managed to go back to sleep.

State and federal inspectors joined their colleagues in Illinois, Indiana and elsewhere to inspect bridges, dams and other infrastructure for damage.

"We've had no buildings or roads impacted," said Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt.

Heidt said state transportation department inspectors had checked bridges and Army Corps of Engineers safety engineers had walked the Wolf Creek, Barkley and Kentucky dams and found no problems.

Heidt said there had been a lot of concern from the public and the agency fielded dozens of telephone calls.

The temblor comes just days before the Tennessee Army National Guard hosts a major preparedness drill near Memphis beginning Monday.

Almost 2,000 guardsmen from Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri are scheduled to practice how they would respond to a 7.6 magnitude quake in the Memphis area, which is home to about 1.2 million people.            

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