Many Tipton Countians felt the ground shake Wednesday night as an earthquake hit southeastern Missouri.

Many Tipton Countians felt the ground shake Wednesday night as an earthquake hit southeastern Missouri.

The United States Geological Survey reported there was a 4.0-magnitude earthquake centered seven miles south-southeast of Williamsville, Mo., which is about 12 miles northwest of Poplar Bluff, at 8:53 p.m. Williamsville is nearly 150 miles from Covington, and the quake could be felt as far south as Memphis.

Tipton County is located on the New Madrid Fault Line, which is one of the most active zones in the southeastern United States.

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There were two earthquakes – 2.6 and 2.1 – in Carruthersville, Mo. one week ago and several weaker quakes in Northwest Tennessee over the last two months.

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