A preacher near the epicenter of the Ill., earthquake reports on the tremblor felt early Friday morning.

OLNEY, Ill. (BNc)- My name is Roy A. Crutcher and I preach for the Pleasant Valley church in Olney.

My wife Gayle and I, as well as many others in several states, were awakened Friday at 4:36 a.m. by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake that reportedly was felt as far north as Chicago and as far south as Villa Rica, Ga.

Thankfully, there was minimal damage and, as far as I know, no loss of life.

The news agencies gave two different locations as to the epicenter. They named both West Salem and Allendale, Ill., as the origin of the earthquake. These two, very small towns are about 20 miles apart. Gayle and I live about halfway between the two; therefore, we had a pretty terrifying jolt, to say the least.

Again, we are thankful to God that we sustained no injuries or great loss of property. At first, there was a huge boom which sounded as if it were directly under the house. Then pictures began flying off the walls and other things from shelves and various other locations.

My wife is an ALS patient and confined to her bed. She collected various knick-knacks, including carousels, coffee grinders and miscellaneous figurines and lost many of her collection items, so there was a lot of glass scattered in every room of the house.

But again, the good news is that there was, seemingly, no structural damage to the physical buildings and no physical injuries were sustained.

Editor’s note: Disaster News Network reported damage to an old apartment building at Mt. Carmel and other minor structural damages.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us