Earthquakes felt in Trumann over weekend

Friday, March 1, 2013

Many Trumann residents were alarmed when they felt the earth shake last weekend. Three earthquakes southwest of Trumann were reported Saturday and Sunday.

According to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis, the epicenter for the earthquakes was four miles southwest of Trumann. The first, which many people felt, was a 3.6 magnitude earthquake at 4:28 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The next one was a 2.2 magnitude earthquake at 11:52 p.m. later that night. And the third happened Sunday, a 2.0 magnitude earthquake at 9:38 a.m.

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

Trumann lies near the tip of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which crosses seven states and runs from Cairo, Ill. to Marked Tree. This zone has had four of the largest North American earthquakes in recorded history between December of 1811 and February of 1812 with magnitudes as high as 8.0.

According to the United States Geological Survey, earthquakes measuring 6.3 in magnitude hit near Marked Tree in 1843.

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