#MEMQuake: 4.0 earthquake slightly rattles Mid-South - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

#MEMQuake: 4.0 earthquake slightly rattles Mid-South

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An earthquake in the 'Show Me' state had people rattled in the Bluff City on Wednesday night.

At 10:51 p.m. an earthquake with an exact magnitude of 3.6 occurred near Steele, Missouri, according the the U. S. Geological Survey.

Tremors from the earthquake were reportedly felt by residents from as far north as Carbondale, Illinois and as far south as DeSoto County.

That is about a 40,000 square mile area of impact and 195 zip code areas reporting on on the U.S.G.S. "Did you feel it" map.

Gary Patterson with the Center for Earthquake Research and Information on the campus of the University of Memphis said this activity should serve as a warning to the Mid-South. 


"This earthquake is a reminder that this is an active seismic source and it's the most active seismic source on this side of the Rockies," said Patterson. "It's not California but it's a very important seismic source and there's a significant amount of hazard associated with it."

The hashtag #MemQuake began trending on Twitter shortly afterward.  Erica Norwood lives on the second floor of an apartment complex in Binghampton and says she felt the tremors.


"I was watching the news and everything just started shaking," said Norwood, "Nothing fell off any shelves or anything it was just shaking on the bottom level and I just was like 'wow.'"

According to the CERI, Wednesdays' earthquake occurred along the same fault that created Reel Foot Lake nearly 200 years ago.

No injuries or damage were reported in or around Missouri.

Memphis sits in the New Madrid Fault Zone.

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