Earthquake shakes area of New Madrid Seismic Zone

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An earthquake was reported the morning of Tuesday, January 16 along the zone known as the "New Madrid Seismic Zone." The tremor began at 10:57 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center.  The magnitude 3.6 was centered 4 kilometers southwest of Caruthersville, Missouri.

Learn more about the New Madrid Seismic Zone

According to KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, residents of Southern Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas felt it.

There were no reports of damage Tuesday morning.

According to the Missouri Geological Survey, "The seismic zone appears to be about 30 years overdue for a magnitude 6.3 quake, because the last quake of this size occurred 100 hundred years ago at Charleston, Missouri, Oct. 31, 1895 (it was a magnitude 6.7)."

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen


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