Magnitude 4.2 Quake Shakes Up Northeast Arkansas This Morning

FEBRUARY 10, 2005 - Posted at 10:40 a.m. CST

CARAWAY, AR - The tremor from an earthquake this morning that was centered in northeast Arkansas was felt as far away as Memphis and Tunica, Mississippi.  The magnitude 4.2 quake was also felt in the Missouri Bootheel.  A quake of magnitude four can cause moderate damage.

The quake was centered in a rural area four miles east of Caraway and occured at a depth of ten miles.  The region is in the New Madrid seismic zone.  The epicenter was just south of Milligan Ridge in Mississippi County.

Mississippi County Sheriff's Department dispatcher Helen Parker said no damage was reported but the switchboard lit with people who wanted to know what was going on.

The quake occured at 8:04 a.m. At approximately 8:06 a.m., calls began pouring into the K8 Newsroom from Mississippi, Greene, Poinsett and eastern Craighead counties, reporting the quake.  No damage has been reported, other than a brief interuption of phone services in the Manila area.

The New Madrid seismic zone takes in parts of at least five states: Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee.  One of the largest earthquakes ever to strike in North America was centered at New Madrid, Missouri, during a series of temblors in the winter of 1811-1812.  One was estimated at magnitude 7.5 and rang church bells as far away as Boston.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)