ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A Missouri earthquake today 2013 has struck near Tennessee moments ago. The Missouri earthquake today November 7, 2013 began in the evening hours. Damage assessment is pending.
Officials tell news that a 2.8 magnitude Missouri earthquake began just after 7:14 PM today. The quake however had a nominal depth. USGS indicates to news that the quake was only four miles below ground level. As a result the quake could be felt across the immediate region.
USGS tells news that the quake started four miles south of Lilbourn. It was twenty-four miles south of Sikeston and thirty-one miles northeast of Kennett. The quake also started thirty-two miles west of Union City, Tennessee and one hundred sixty miles from Nashville.
The Missouri earthquake today, however, is prompting debate if the New Madrid Fault was impacted by this evening’s activity. The 1812 New Madrid, Missouri earthquake still dominates the record books for the strongest quake ever in the eastern United States. It was felt moderately across one million square miles. That is compared to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that reached only six thousand square miles.
In 2009, a report issued to news found that the fault was not moving more than .2 millimeters annually. Active fault lines like the ones in California typically move 1.5 inches per year. But in September 2012, LALATE reported a 2.6 magnitude quake striking the same epicenter as today’s quake.