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Verbatim: Check home for earthquake damage

Statement issued Thursday:

INDIANAPOLIS – Public safety officials are encouraging Hoosiers to check for signs of damage to their homes, especially to chimneys and gas lines, from this morning’s earthquake.

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred at 7:55 a.m. EST and was centered 5 miles southeast of Greentown in Howard County.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) advises Hoosiers check their homes for any visible damage. Look for any new or widened cracks in floors, masonry or walls. Make sure utility lines and boxes have not been damaged.

“It’s important that you report any damage to the proper authorities. If you notice any damage to your utility lines, especially gas lines, call your local utility company immediately and report the damage,” said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of IDHS.

To report any vibrations felt in your area, visit the IDHS webpage at www.in.gov/dhs and click on the “3.8M Earthquake registered in Howard County- Did you feel it?” link.

For more information about how to respond to and prepare for earthquakes and other disasters, visit www.in.gov/dhs.getprepared.

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