COPY-CERI: 4.0 magnitude earthquake near East Prairie

EAST PRAIRIE, MO (KFVS) - 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.

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.

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