M3.4 earthquake hits Ohio just before series of small quakes rattles Missouri along the New Madrid Seismic Zone

Strange Sounds – May 24, 2017

A 3.4 magnitude earthquake occurred near McArthur, Ohio at 12:24 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. McArthur is located in Vinton County with an estimated population of about 1,600.

Over ten cities in southeast Ohio reported effects from the quake including: Vinton, Jackson, Logan, Londonderry, Albany, South Bloomingville, Wellston, Creola, McArthur and Hamden.

There have been no reports of injuries or major structural damage according to the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office.

Six hours later, a swarm of 6 earthquakes started rattling near Lilbourn, Missouri along the New Madrid Seismic Zone – M2.3, M0.9, M2.0, M1.6, M0.9. Ohio is on the periphery of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, an area in Missouri and adjacent states that was the site of the largest earthquake sequence to occur in historical times in the continental United States.

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