EAST PRAIRIE — Only minor damage is reported after an earthquake centered in southeast Missouri shook at least nine states Tuesday morning.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 4.0 earthquake was centered near the town of East Prairie. Geological Survey geophysicist Amy Vaughan said several people in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee reported being awakened by the earthquake that happened at 3:58 a.m. A few residents of North Carolina, Alabama, Indiana and Georgia also felt it.
East Prairie City Administrator Lonnie Thurmond said the shaking lasted about seven seconds. Vaughan received reports of cracks in sidewalks and walls, some broken windows and minor household damage such as rattled shelves and things falling from cabinets.