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Early morning earthquake shakes northern Illinois

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Eric Sorensen updates magnitude of quake Eric Sorensen updates magnitude of quake
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DEKALB COUNTY (WREX) - A small earthquake rattles nerves in northern Illinois during the early morning hours.

The U.S. Geological Survey has now updated the size of the quake to a 3.8 magnitude, downgraded from the original report of 4.3.

The quake was centered near Virgil, Illinois in Kane County - which is about five miles from Sycamore. It hit around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. So far there are no reports of damage from authorities in DeKalb or Kane counties.

13 News received dozens of calls and online reports from people in DeKalb, Byron, Sycamore, Dixon, Genoa, Cherry Valley, Amboy, Esmond, Mt. Morris, Stillman Valley, Pecatonica, Machesney Park, Rockford, Roscoe and southern Wisconsin who say they felt the quake. 13 Weather Authority Chief Meteorologist Eric Sorensen hosted a live chat about the quake during the morning news on the 13 Weather Blog. You can read all the comments we've received at the bottom of this story or on our Facebook page.

13 News Today spoke live with NIU Geology Professor Philip Carpenter, who says the quake was likely triggered along a hidden fault line - not the Sandwich fault which goes through DeKalb County. You can watch his interview and witness reports by clicking the video links to the top left of this story.

A man in Rockford said his whole house was rattled and he has relatives at Rockford Memorial Hospital right now who also report feeling the building shake.

A woman from Genoa says she had things fall off her shelves and she could hear everything on the wall shaking.

Officials at the Exelon Nuclear plant in Byron say the facility was not affected by the quake. Teams have conducted equipment checks and will continue to do so throughout the day to make sure there is no damage at the plant.

The last time we had an earthquake was in April of 2008.  It happened around the same time in the morning.

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