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Seventh quake hits Trumann within a year

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TRUMANN, AR (KAIT)-The Trumann community is still a little shaken up following Wednesday's earthquake. Trumann has had seven small earthquakes in the past six months.

The second earthquake shook five miles southwest of Trumann on Wednesday at 3:10. Local businesses said they are hoping to not feel another one for a while.

"You could feel everything shake and the windows shake but it wasn't as bad as the one in February," said Wood Ford sales manager, Jeff Clayton.

"I was standing right out here and you could just feel it was shaking a little bit, you could feel the glass just shaking," said Jim Porerfield, another Wood Ford employee.

It wasn't the first time local residents felt a little shaky. Clayton said a lot of other businesses felt the quake as well.

"It was actually kind of like a semi-tracker trailer went over the bypass and all the windows started shaking," Clayton said.

And just across the street, the dealership said on Wednesday they noticed a lot of bank employees evacuate the building.

"We were sitting out here when it happened and I swear the whole bank evacuated everybody came out of the bank and was trying to figure out what happened," Porterfield said. 

"One guy came over here and thought someone had ran into the bank with a car."

Gary Patterson, geologist at the Center for Earthquakes Research and Information Center at the University of Memphis said they are starting to notice more and more earthquakes in this region.

"Over the last 6 months we've had nine or ten quakes in that area specifically around Trumann, we've had 7 small quakes," Patterson said.

"This is what scientists call the southern arm of the new Madrid seismic zone, Marked Tree, Truman area would be close to the southern extent of that," he said.

Patterson said the Trumann areas was also the same location of the last damaging earthquake in 1976.

"Just based on these earthquakes, there is no reason to be concerned for an earthquake in the immediate future related to these but it's always possible," he said.

Patterson said people generally start feeling earthquakes when they get to a magnitude of 2.5.

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