ST. LOUIS – A small earthquake hit near Kimmswick, Missouri on Tuesday night.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was a 2.5 magnitude, and it occurred around 8:35 p.m. People said they felt it near Kimmswick in Jefferson County into south St. Louis county.

The earthquake was upgraded from a previous 1.6 magnitude rating. It was centered around 3 kilometers east of Kimmswick in Monroe County, Illinois. Projections also show a depth of 9.5 kilometers.

Tuesday’s earthquake happened in an area known as the Illinois Basin – Ozark Dome Region, which is in the same neighborhood as the more active New Madrid Seismic Zone.

A spokesperson from the Arnold Police Department said the following statement on the earthquake:

“While we are certainly not geologists, in response to several inquiries it does appear that there was [an earthquake] in our backyard several minutes ago. We appreciate the State Emergency Management Agency for being there when needed.”