Small earthquake rumbles in southeast Missouri

Friday, December 18, 2009 | 9:07 a.m. CST

NEW MADRID — No damage is reported, but a small earthquake centered in southeast Missouri has rumbled parts of four states.

The magnitude 3.1 quake happened at 5:38 a.m. Friday along the New Madrid fault line and was centered about nine miles south of New Madrid, not far from the Tennessee and Kentucky state lines. The quake was also felt in Arkansas.

KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau reported that people called the newsroom saying they felt a strong jolt at their homes.

Earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 along the New Madrid fault were so strong they could be felt in New England, and reportedly caused the Mississippi River to flow backward. Many experts believe another major quake will eventually occur along the fault line.


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