M3.5 earthquake recorded near La Center, KY – New Madrid quake felt across 3 states

Ky EQ
April 2016LA CENTER, KY – An earthquake near La Center, Kentucky was felt in parts of Illinois and Missouri early on Sunday morning. According to the National Weather Service in Paducah and the USGS, a magnitude 3.5 was recorded about 8.7 miles north of La Center and 24.2 miles west of Paducah. It happened around 1:12 a.m. and had a depth of about 8.3 miles. People from Jackson, Mo., Grand Chain, Ill., Anna, Ill. and more have reported feeling it. –KFVS

New Madrid

The New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) is the most active seismic area in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. The NMSZ is located in southeastern Missouri, northeastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, western Kentucky and southern Illinois. Southwestern Indiana and northwestern Mississippi are also close enough to receive significant shaking from large earthquakes occurring in the NMSZ.
The active faults in the NMSZ are poorly understood because they are not expressed at the ground surface where they can be easily studied. The faults are hidden beneath 100- to 200-foot thick layers of soft river deposited soils called alluvium. Fault scarps and traces in the soft alluvium erode in a very short time or may be rapidly covered by new deposits thereby quickly hiding evidence of earthquake fault lines. Faults in places like California, where rocks are at or near the ground surface, are much easier to study because the faults are readily found, seen, measured and analyzed.
Microseismic earthquakes (magnitude less than 1.0 to about 2.0), measured by seismographs but not felt by humans, occur on average every other day in the NMSZ (more than 200 per year). Active faults that have generated dangerous earthquakes in historic times or the recent geologic past (the last 10,000 years) are not always microseismically active. In fact, in some settings these quiet faults are considered the most dangerous ones because high built up stress has locked the two sides of the fault together thereby preventing the microseismic earthquakes. This is thought to happen as a prelude to a major rupture of the fault. It is not known if faults of this type exist in the NMSZ. If they do exist there is no easy way to locate them.  –Missouri Geology
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6 Responses to M3.5 earthquake recorded near La Center, KY – New Madrid quake felt across 3 states

  1. I felt it, there is no other explanation, and I live in Columbia, South Carolina. I went to bed around 1am and shortly thereafter felt a gentle shaking that lasted about 30 minutes. I was surprised by the mild intensity, but more so by the longevity. I worried a serious quake was about to hit, but after 30 minutes or so, it subsided. 1st thing in the morning, I scoured the internet for quakes in the region, but only found the one in Kentucky and couldn’t believe a mere 3.5 would be felt all the way in South Carolina; yet I find no other explanation. I felt another gentle shaking last night, or rather early this morning, around 3am, but this one lasted only 10-15 seconds.

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  2. Tony says:

    Alvin,
    Is the fracking in Oklahoma going to increase the possibility of the New Madrid fault to happen?

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    • OK

      No. The fault systems in Oklahoma are not connected to Madrid. However, New Madrid, like nearly every major fault system in the world is long overdue for a major quake. One day we’re going to have a cascading series of dominoes.

      The only connection will be the time of a likely occurrence.

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