Earthquake Hits East Miss.

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake shook East Mississippi near the Lauderdale-Kemper county line.

The 2.1-magnitude quake was centered about one mile north-northwest of Naval Air Station Meridian or about fourteen miles north-northeast of Meridian, at a depth of 3.6 miles under ground.

No damage is reported, but a few people have reported feeling the shaking from the earthquake.

The risk of earthquakes in the area is low, just 2% for every 50 years. Even still these small earthquakes are possible in our area. Often, no one actually feels the movement since they are so weak.

Larger earthquakes happen along the boundaries of tectonic plates, on which the earth's surface very slowly move. We are not near any such boundaries, but smaller earthquakes within the middle of tectonic plates happen as stress builds within the plate from the outside. These are often referred to as "intraplate earthquakes."

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