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Missouri earthquake felt widely, but none hurt

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ST. LOUIS - Just days after the 200th anniversary of a series of massive earthquakes in southeast Missouri, residents woke up yesterday to a reminder that they live in one of the continent’s most active seismic areas.

The US Geological Survey said the epicenter of a magnitude 4.0 earthquake at 3:58 a.m. was located near the town of East Prairie, Mo., roughly midway between St. Louis and Memphis. People in five states - Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee - felt the quake, along with scattered people in four others, as far away as Georgia, according to responses to the US Geological Survey website.

Only minor damage was reported, such as items falling from shelves, broken windows, and minor cracks in walls and sidewalks, said Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist for the Geological Survey office in Golden, Colo. No injuries were reported.

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