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Aftershock recorded following magnitude 4.0 earthquake

Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 9:12 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2021 at 10:49 AM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Just minutes after an earthquake Wednesday night rattled homes across Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a minor aftershock.

The USGS recorded a magnitude 4.0 quake about 5.1 miles south-southeast of Williamsville in Wayne County at 8:53 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, with a depth of more than 10 miles.

People from Poplar Bluff to Pocahontas, as well as Doniphan to Piggott, reported feeling the tremor. As of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, 4,643 people reported feeling the quake to the USGS.

At 9:40 p.m., USGS recorded a magnitude 2.5 aftershock in the same area as the first quake. Thirty-nine people reported feeling it.

Region 8 News received several phone calls from viewers who felt the earthquake, including people in Jonesboro, Piggott, Pocahontas, Monette, and Corning.

Alex Routszong was sitting in his recliner at home near the Piggott Elementary School, when the earthquake happened.

He said his apartment shook for 7-10 seconds, stopped, and then shook again.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller said his office was inundated with calls from people who also felt the earthquake; however, he said there were no reports of damage.

The Missouri earthquake was also felt as far south as the Paragould, Wynne, Marked Tree, Marion and Tyronza areas; and 175 miles away at the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium in Memphis. It was also felt as far west as Beebe, in White County.

The seismographs in other areas also picked up the earthquake.

A seismograph in Lake Charles, Arkansas picked up a 4.0 earthquake Wednesday.
A seismograph in Lake Charles, Arkansas picked up a 4.0 earthquake Wednesday.(Source: USGS)
A seismograph in Bethany, Mo. detected a 4.0 earthquake Wednesday.
A seismograph in Bethany, Mo. detected a 4.0 earthquake Wednesday.(Source: USGS)

Region 8 News is working to learn more details on this earthquake.

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