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New Madrid Fault: 3.7 magnitude earthquake felt

Posted: Mar 02, 2010 3:22 PM CST Updated: Mar 02, 2010 7:29 PM CST


By Raycom News Network





(KFVS) -
KFVS) - A preliminary earthquake report from the U.S. Geological Survey indicates a 3.7 magnitude earthquake occurred at 1:37 p.m. CT was centered near East Prairie, Missouri.
No major damage has been reported, although many people have said they felt the quake. Students and faculty evacuated East Prairie High & Jr. High Schools as a precaution, but no damage has been found at either school.
"I heard a bump. It was like scary," said Sarah Byasse, an East Prairie student. "Everything was shaking. We went outside. We went under the desk. We went outside and stood there until it was clear."
There are reports coming in to the USGS that the earthquake was felt as far away as Lexington, Kentucky and Indianapolis, Indiana.
The report indicates the quake was 5.1 miles below the surface of the earth.
"It was a relatively minor earthquake," said KFVS meteorologist John Dissauer. "The reason a lot of people probably felt this is because it was a relatively shallow earthquake. To compare it to the Chile earthquake that happened last weekend, that earthquake was almost 22 miles below the surface."
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson released a statement shortly after the quake saying the earthquake underscores the need for individual preparedness and government readiness for a major event in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
Location with respect to nearby cities:
3 km (2 miles) ENE (76 degrees) of East Prairie, MO
5 km (3 miles) SSW (205 degrees) of Anniston, MO
9 km (6 miles) NW (306 degrees) of Pinhook, MO
179 km (111 miles) W (279 degrees) of Clarksville, TN
219 km (136 miles) SSE (159 degrees) of St. Louis, MO
Stay with Heartland News and kfvs12.com for updates in this story.
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I didn't like feel it. (I giggled at the student's quote.)

One of these days that New Madrid fault is gonna let loose. I hope it's not till about 2157.
 

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"It was like really scary" "Like everything shook" "and then we went outside and like we forgot our desks so we went inside and got them, ya know" "Then we like hid under our desks outside"

I love how reporters always pick the perfect candidate to interview. so it's not like there were any, you know teachers to aks.
 

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the whole Earth is going to crack open someday and swallow us
I recall seeing a map of all the fault lines on the planet. Yup we're screwed.
 

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I think the New Madrid fault is a sleeping giant.
It is, most likely the most dangerous one in the US. Last time it really shook up in the early 19th Century the area had few people. It changed the course of the Mississippi River in a lot of places, one quake caused the river to flow backwards for a while. The quakes lasted close to two years if I remember right.
 
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