3.5 earthquake shakes New Madrid fault north of Memphis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The USGS reports that a 3.5 magnitude earthquake hit 16 miles northwest of Covington, TN at 8:26 a.m.

WREG-TV reports no damage in the area.

The New Madrid fault line is about twenty times larger than California’s famed San Andreas fault. The biggest earthquake in U.S. history happened in the New Madrid seismic zone in 1812.  The fault line has been more active over the last few years.

Quakes have rattled residents in Illinois and Indiana over the last year.   Eastern Arkansas felt a quake in late October, making the quake the largest in the NMSZ in several years.

Emergency responders suggest having a basic plan that family members, and neighbors, can agree on.  Missouri officials are saying that earthquake insurance is “critical.