EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. (AP) - Only minor damage is reported after an earthquake centered in southeast Missouri shook at least nine states.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 4.0 earthquake was centered near the town of East Prairie, Mo. Geological Survey geophysicist Amy Vaughan says several people in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee reported being awakened by the quake 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 says the shaking lasted about seven seconds. Vaughan says he's heard reports of cracks in sidewalks and walls, some broken windows, and minor household damage such as rattled shelves and things falling from cabinets.
Story from CBS affiliate KFVS in Southeast Missouri:
The Center for Earthquake and Research Information in Memphis reports a 4.0 magnitude earthquake five miles NNW of East Prairie, Mo. at 3:58 a.m central time.
It was 3.1 miles deep.
The earthquake was also 12 miles ENE of Matthews and 13 miles SSE of Blodgett which is 36.850°N, 89.409°W.
Amy Vaughn, a geophysicist with the USGS National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colorado, says they located the earthquake around Sikeston and Charleston. She says they've had a large number of felt reports indicating it was widely felt regionally and even felt hundreds of kilometers away.
Vaughn says it is considered a light earthquake with maybe some minor damage possible with things falling off walls and maybe some cracks. Viewers have reported cracks in walls and things fallings off walls. There have been no major reports of damage.
Vaughn says earthquakes are more likely to be widely felt in parts of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, usually over 10 times greater than in areas west of the Rockies.
She says smaller aftershocks are possible.
Vaughn says it's important to know what to do when an earthquake occurs. If you're outside, stay away from buildings and if you're inside get under something.
Shaun Bell with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department says they felt the earthquake and received several phone calls with some people saying it sounded like a vehicle was dragged through their house.
Martha Knupp in Anniston says it sounded like a loud boom, then "stuff went to shaking." She said she got up to find several of her things in the floor and some of the cracks in her walls from an earlier earthquake widened and lengthened.
Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Rick Schmidt says he's heard reports from several residents. However, he says it will be business a usual at the police station Tuesday.
Link to story from KFVS: