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Early morning quake in Covington

Seismograph from Shelby Forrest showing the 3.5 quake in Covington Seismograph from Shelby Forrest showing the 3.5 quake in Covington

Tuesday morning at 8:26 AM the ground shook briefly as a small earthquake rumbled near Covington, TN.  

The epicenter of the quake was 7 miles north northwest of Covington registering 3.5 on the Richter scale.  

It's not unusual for a quake in this part of the Mid-South given the fact that we live along the New Madrid fault, the most seismically active region in North America east of the Rockies.  

In the past six months, there have been several earthquakes of magnitude 3.1 or less from near Dyersburg, TN to New Madrid, MO and there have been a few along the I-55 corridor from the Missouri Bootheel to near Blytheville.

These minor temblors pale in comparison to the three bigger quakes in the winter of 1811 to 1812 that registered from 7.3 to 7.5 and were felt well into the northeastern United States.  

Fortunately, the quake Tuesday morning caused no damage, but it was a clear reminder that we live in an active seismic zone.  

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