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Small Quakes Hit New Madrid Fault Recently

December 5, 2016

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) – The New Madrid Fault has had a fair amount of minor seismic activity in recent weeks. There’ve been no reports of damage or injuries.

The Daily American Republic reports that the latest was a magnitude-2.9 earthquake Friday centered near Caruthersville.

Another minor earthquake struck early Tuesday about 10 miles east-southeast of Luxora, Arkansas. A magnitude 3.3 earthquake struck Thanksgiving Day, again near Caruthersville, and another minor earthquake struck Nov. 7, about 6.2 miles east of Bardwell, Kentucky.

The New Madrid Seismic Zone is a 150-mile ancient fault that stretches south from Illinois, through southeast Missouri and into parts of Arkansas and Tennessee. Minor earthquakes are common in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

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