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Small earthquake shakes southeast Missouri

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 | 6:50 p.m. CST

SIKESTON — The U.S. Geological Survey said a small earthquake shook southeast Missouri along the New Madrid fault.

The agency says the magnitude-3.7 earthquake was detected at 1:37 p.m. Tuesday about 15 miles south-southeast of Sikeston. No damage was reported.

The temblor was felt as far away as Alton, Ill., and St. Peters, both about 150 miles north of the epicenter.

The earthquake occurred within the New Madrid seismic zone, which includes southeastern Missouri, northeastern Arkansas, southern Illinois and western Kentucky and Tennessee.

More than 200 small earthquakes occur within the seismic zone each year.

 


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