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3.5 and 2.7 magnitude Western Kentucky Earthquakes Felt in Missouri

SEMA Releases Earthquake Safety Information

Jefferson City, MO – The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that two shallow earthquakes were recorded in Western Kentucky. A 2.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 9 p.m., Sunday, June 19 and a 3.5 magnitude earthquake occurred at 7:21 a.m. Monday, June 20. The epicenter is about 23 miles east of Charleston, MO. Missouri residents from Madison, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot Perry, St. Francois, Ste Genevieve and St. Louis counties reported feeling the earthquake. 

Local emergency management officials have not reported any damages to the State Emergency Management Agency.

Any Missourian who felt the quake can report it at the USGS’s Web site, “Did You Feel It?” at

The New Madrid Seismic Zone fault impacts Northeast Arkansas, Southeast Missouri, Western Tennessee and Southwestern Kentucky. Annually the area experiences 200-250 minor earthquakes. A damaging earthquake would occur in the 6.0 or greater magnitudes.

SEMA Director Ronald Reynolds issued the following are tips to help your family prepare for an earthquake:

Make a Family Emergency Plan; have stored food and water in your home.

Take a First Aid and a CPR class from your local Red Cross Chapter.

Pick a safe place in every room of your home, such as under a sturdy table or desk or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you.

Wait in your safe place until the shaking stops, then check to see if you are hurt. Be ready for additional earthquakes called “aftershocks.”

Talk with your insurance agent. Different areas have different requirements for earthquake protection. Consider purchasing earthquake insurance.

Be on the lookout for fires after earthquakes. Earthquakes can cause fire alarms and fire sprinklers to go off. If you must leave a building after the shaking stops, use the stairs, not an elevator, and be sure to check for gas leaks.

If you are in a car during an earthquake, stay in the car with your seatbelt fastened.

If you are outside during an earthquake, stay outside. Move away from buildings, trees, streetlights and power lines. Crouch down and cover your head.

Reynolds is a member of the Board of Directors for the Central United States Earthquake Consortium.  CUSEC founded in 1983 and is a partnership of eight states (Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama) that have a known earthquake risk in the central United States. CUSEC serves as a facilitator and coordinator for the multi-state efforts of the central region.

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