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Saturday, October 12, 2019 2:20 pm

3.0-magnitude earthquake shakes southeast Missouri


Associated Press

LILBOURN, Mo. -- A small earthquake has been reported in southeast Missouri.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 3.0 earthquake occurred just before 8 a.m. Saturday and was centered about 2.7 miles  southwest of Lilbourn.

The New Madrid County Sheriff's Office said it received no reports of damage or injuries.

The geological survey's "Did You Feel It" website received about three dozen reports, generally indicating weak or light shaking.

The Missouri Geological Survey said mild earthquakes in that part of the state aren't unusual, noting the area lies in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

The survey said at least four earthquakes measuring 4.5-magnitude or greater have occurred in the zone since 1974. Hundreds of quakes between magnitude 2.0 and 3.9 have been recorded there since 2000.