Lewis Bakeries escapes damage from earthquake
April 18, 2008
by Josh Sosland
EVANSVILLE, IND. — An earthquake that hit eastern Illinois early this morning and was felt as far away as Georgia and Kansas City apparently caused no damage to two baking plants located within 50 miles of the quake’s epicenter. R. Jack Lewis Jr., president of Lewis Bakeries, Inc., Evansville, said he was awoken at 4:30 a.m. by the earthquake. "There was pretty good shaking for about 30 seconds with a couple of aftershocks later," he said. "We’re located near a number of faults, including this one — the Wabash fault. We’ve experienced several earthquakes in the past, but nothing like this, which was a 5.2 (seismic magnitude)." Mr. Lewis said operations had not been affected by the earthquake either at Evansville or Vincennes. The latter town is about 25 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter. Major bridges in the region also appeared not to have sustained damage, Mr. Lewis said. Two milling companies located within 50 miles of the quake’s epicenter — Siemer Milling Co., Teutopolis, Ill., and Nunn Milling Co., Evansville — also said this morning that they did not sustain damage.