4.0 quake jolts Missouri
February 21st, 2012
12:14 PM ET

4.0 quake jolts Missouri

Residents across 13 states reported feeling a 4.0-magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Missouri early Tuesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the temblor struck at 3:58 a.m. Central time with an epicenter nine miles east-southeast of Sikeston, Missouri, and 16 miles southwest of Cairo, Illinois. The quake was at a depth of 3.1 miles.

It was felt in 13 states, with the furthest location from the epicenter being New Bern, North Carolina, more than 800 miles to the east, according to reports to the USGS. Besides Missouri, Illinois and North Carolina, residents in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma reported feeling the quake.

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Lonnie Thurmond, city administrator in East Prairie, Missouri, about five miles from the epicenter of the quake, said he'd gotten reports of things falling from shelves and off walls when the quake hit, but no reports of major damage.

But he said he expected his community would be getting reports of underground service line breaks over the next few weeks as that is what usually happens when quakes hit the area, which sits near the New Madrid fault.

"Some water lines will be broken," Thurmond said. "It's just inevitable."

Thurmond said the quake jolted the entire community awake in the early morning darkness.

"It seems like there was not anyone it didn't wake up," he said, adding that his father, who lives near the epicenter, told him it sounded like a meteor had hit.

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  1. Judy


    It WILL become a reality!

    February 22, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Well, of course it will be, along with December 24th, 25th, 26th, 2012.....

      Amazing how this date keeps changing...now it's the 23rd?

      February 22, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Judy

    That Earthquake was to let everyone know there is a sea of oil beneath them and our getting ripped off since nine eleven.

    February 22, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. kicked out of my king size bed

    I live in PA and didn't feel a thing. That sucks.

    February 22, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Judy


    February 22, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. ed

    How would this man even know whatn an meteor hitting us would feel like!????!!

    February 22, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard J.

      What makes you think he doesn't?

      February 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. ed

    HOW would this man even know how a meteor hitting us would feel like!! That is just propostrous!!!

    February 22, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bright

    It seems like the world is coming to an end!!. Oh lord! Pls accept my soul in your kingdom....

    February 22, 2012 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Priest of Reality

      No, this is normal for this area. Read your history instead of some cult text.

      February 22, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Margie

    Um.....The Government doesn't cause these events people! Bad things happen and it is nobody's fault. What are you going to do? Sue God? The Gov't isn't there to wipe your butt when things go wrong. That is our responsibility as humans to give a hand, which is what happened and continues to happen in the midst of tragedies like these. It is why we have firemen and police, charitable organizations, and other emergency personnel. If you want to gripe, gripe at yourself for looking the other way when your brothers are in need. Take some personal responsibility for your family and community! Geez!

    February 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tim

    I just farted and it felt pretty good.

    February 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I guess that was a 1.2 registered quake for the immediate area

      February 27, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bill Fitzgerald

    Thanks for the report now I need to go now to repent and get ready for the big day.

    February 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Its god punishing Missouri for............

    the Rush Limbaugh bust and idol worship........The Religious are so hypocritical.....Next they will climb into bed with communists and carry on with the people that had Jesus killed for throwing them out of temple. (hint: moneychangers and politicians).

    March 8, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Its god punishing Missouri for............

      no wait they already do that.....

      March 8, 2012 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Nickuru

      I am in total agreement. It is the sign of the end of the universe. The Mayan calendar predicted that this year ends a major cycle of some 3,100 years. There is a conjuction of Sun, Earth and the galactic center this winter solstice. We are all doomed! (Hopefully, not by our own stupidity).

      March 21, 2012 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
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