Light earthquake reportedly felt in Columbia

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 | 9:05 a.m. CDT; updated 11:39 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 16, 2011

SULLIVAN — A light earthquake shook parts of Missouri and southern Illinois Tuesday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.2 magnitude earthquake was centered about 14 miles east of Sullivan in Franklin County. Sullivan is about 50 miles southwest of St. Louis.

The earthquake, which was 3.2 miles deep, hit about 3:10 a.m. Tuesday.

The USGS said the temblor was felt as far west as Columbia, and as far east as Carbondale, Ill.

KSDK in St. Louis reports that the Franklin County Sheriff's Office received several calls about the earthquake but no reports of damages or injuries. The Sullivan Police Department also reported several calls but no reports of damage.

The Kirkwood Police Department said it received at least a half-dozen calls from people who said the ground shook.

Did you feel the earthquake? The newsroom has heard from a couple of people who said they did. Let us know what you felt, where in town you were and what kind of building (house, apartment) you were in. Email

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Mike Bellman June 7, 2011 | 10:08 a.m.

It wasn't your spouse's gas that shook the trailer ... this time. ;)

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Richard Saunders June 7, 2011 | 5:52 p.m.

Why do people call the police to report mild earthquakes?

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Joy Mayer June 8, 2011 | 9:40 a.m.

Reader Mary Douglass of Columbia sent this account:

"Knew something was old Jack Russell always shakes when storms approach or earthquakes shake. She woke me up about 3:00 a.m. this morning quite visibly upset...shortly the bookcase next to the bed shook and the younger JRT, a daughter had to go investigate...I think she thought there was a mouse or something. Took the old dog 10 or 15 minutes to calm down, curl up and go back to sleep. Which she did and thus I knew the event was over. She has always been accurate...I think she can feel the extreme low level decible waves before people do. If she were psychic I would take her to town to buy lottery tickets...sadly, not happening."

(Posted by Joy Mayer, Columbia Missourian)

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Joy Mayer June 8, 2011 | 12:38 p.m.

From reader Frances Long:

Was awakened by windows shaking. I live on Elmont Rd, on the North side of I-44 in Sullivan, Mo.

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Joy Mayer June 8, 2011 | 12:39 p.m.

From reader Bill Cantin:

Southeast part (south of Nifong at Bearfield road) -- felt like a strong gust of wind, real brief. Two-story home.

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Joy Mayer June 12, 2011 | 9:09 a.m.

From reader Dorothy Umphrey:

We live 24 miles northeast of Moberly, address—Madison and we felt it between 3:00-3:30......

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