magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck Northern Illinois on Wednesday morning, centered in Putnam County near the border of LaSalle County.

 The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake at approximately 4:40 AM.

Residents in the Chicago suburbs reported feeling the quake, indicating its widespread impact.

Social media users shared experiences of loud sounds and shaking homes attributed to the earthquake.

The earthquake's epicenter was in Putnam County, south of Standard, contributing to its felt effects.

The earthquake's magnitude of 3.6 is classified as "slight" on the Richter Scale.

The seismic event occurred early in the morning, adding to the surprise factor for residents.

The incident raises awareness about earthquake occurrences in regions not commonly associated with such geological events.