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Small quake

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 2.0 earthquake at 7:04 a.m. Friday in Ste. Genevieve County near Farmington.

There have been no reports of damage at this time.

The epicenter of the quake was about 5.7 miles east-northeast of Farmington near Courtney Pine Lane off Highway 32, and registered a depth of 6.6 miles. The popular Pickle Springs Natural Area is nearby.

On the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, an arbitrary ranking used by the USGS that’s based on observed effects, a 2.0 earthquake is extremely mild. A quake of that magnitude would be felt only by a few people at rest, especially on upper floors of buildings.

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According to earthquaketrack.com, three other earthquakes have happened around Missouri’s Bootheel region in the past 7 days:

  • 1.6 magnitude, 5.6-mile depth in Manila, Arkansas;
  • 2.0 magnitude, 5-mile depth in Lepanto, Arkansas;
  • 2.3 magnitude, 8-mile depth in Blytheville, Arkansas.

According to the website, Missouri has had 256 earthquakes in the past 365 days.

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Sarah Haas is the assistant editor for the Daily Journal. She can be reached at 573-518-3617 or at shaas@dailyjournalonline.com

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