Strong Earthquake in Southern Missouri Saturday Felt by Many
Thanks to the New Madrid fault system, there are earthquakes in southern Missouri all the time. However, there was a stronger than normal quake on Saturday that was reported felt by many to the USGS.
According to the USGS, this was a 3.2 magnitude earthquake centered just north of Van Buren, Missouri at approximately 1:44pm Saturday, November 5, 2022. As you can see on the official USGS report, it was reported by at least 47 at the time of this writing.
As the USGS documents, the New Madrid fault system is responsible for quakes frequently. However, this 3.2 is one of the strongest along the New Madrid fault so far in 2022.
The USGS Shake Map shows this quake was felt as far north as Rolla and also down into northern Arkansas.
Let's be clear that a 3.2 magnitude quake on the Richter Scale is still a relatively minor quake that wouldn't do much damage even if it happened right underneath you. But, it's big enough to pay attention to.
It will be interesting to see if this is just an isolated quake or the beginning of a swarm or possibly bigger quake to follow. Never a dull moment when you have a fault system like this more or less in your own backyard.