Small earthquake rattles southeast Missouri

EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. - A small earthquake that rattled southeast Missouri was felt by residents in 12 other states Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey reported.

The 4.0 quake's epicenter was located in East Prairie, about 16 miles ESE of Sikeston. It was reported at 3:58 a.m. CST.

A policewoman in Sikeston told 41 Action News there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

The quake was felt in 13 states, with the furthest location from the epicenter being New Bern, North Carolina, more than 800 miles to the east, according to reports to the USGS. Besides Missouri, Illinois and North Carolina, residents in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma reported feeling the quake.

A fan on Facebook.com/KSHBTV said he felt the quake in Hickman, Kent., calling it a "good shaker," but not strong enough to move anything off the walls.

A user on KFVS12.com reported feeling the earthquake in Jonesboro, Ill., about 56 miles northeast of East Prairie. She said it shook her walls, but she didn't see any damage.

If you felt the earthquake, you can report it to the USGS at http://on.doi.gov/wUSKDe

According to the USGS, 4.0 earthquakes east of the Rockies are often felt as far as 100 kilometers away, but rarely cause damage.

Lonnie Thurmond, city administrator in East Prairie, Missouri, about five miles from the epicenter of the quake, said he'd gotten reports of things falling from shelves and off walls when the quake hit, but no reports of major damage.

But he said he expected his community would be getting reports of underground service line breaks over the next few weeks as that is what usually happens when quakes hit the area, which sits near the New Madrid fault.

"Some water lines will be broken," Thurmond said. "It's just inevitable."

Most earthquakes in Missouri occur in the southeast corner of the state, the USGS said, because it lies in the New Madrid seismic zone.

USGS information about the earthquake can be found at http://on.doi.gov/wxmjF4

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