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Earthquake tremor felt in Wisconsin
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Wednesday morning's earthquake in northern Illinois is the eighth tremor in the last 15 years to be felt in southeast Wisconsin, according to the UW-Milwaukee Seismic Center.

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The Feb. 10 quake hit about 4 a.m. near DeKalb, Ill., about 50 miles west of Chicago. It had a magnitude of 4.3 and caused minor damage and no injuries.

A woman in Port Washington told the Journal Sentinel that a rattling door on her dresser woke her up. Her husband passed it off as a passing snowplow and went back to sleep. But the woman said she couldn't hear the normal humming of a plow, and an earthquake was a much better explanation.

A Kenosha County woman said the quake knocked her television out.

Sheriff's deputies in Kane County, Ill., said they got dozens of complaints, but there were no reports of injuries or major damage. Folks near the epicenter said they were shaken out of bed, and they found tools and books scattered across their floors.

Sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler said business and home alarms were also triggered, but deputies were not called for assistance.

A UW-Milwaukee spokesperson said this tremor was the first to be felt in Milwaukee since April of 2008, when a 5.2 earthquake hit southern Illinois.

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