Night on Tuesday in the U.S. state of Missouri earthquake with magnitude of 4.0. Of deaths and injuries were reported. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the tremors were felt in eight other states — Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Indiana and Georgia.
The epicenter was located near the town of East Prairie. According to representatives of the U.S. Geological Survey, there were some buildings seriously damaged: windows were broken, the walls gave the crack, crumble ceilings, ITAR-TASS reported. Eyewitnesses testify that the tremors lasted about 30 seconds. According to them, the houses were falling off the shelves items swinging chandeliers.
"In this area, there is increased seismic activity. Here there is a lot of small earthquakes, which are almost not felt, and about once every two years, there are more strong aftershocks," — said geophysicist John Bellini.
The strongest earthquakes in U.S. history occurred in this region — the so-called New Madrid seismic zone — in 1811 and 1812. Their magnitudes ranged from 7.7 to 8.1. Tremors were felt even then in New York and Boston, and the Mississippi River at the time to change the course.