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February is Earthquake Awareness Month in Missouri

We hope you participated in awareness events and know what to do in the event of an earthquake. Any time is a good time to practice, and in October, you can participate and join with millions of people worldwide to practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:15 a.m., October 15, 2020, during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Register today!

Earthquake Anniversaries of Note

Jan. 5, 1843 Estimated magnitude 6.3 near Marked Tree, Arkansas
Felt over much of the eastern half of Missouri. Some land reportedly sank near New Madrid and chimneys fell as far away as St. Louis.

Jan. 23, 1812 Estimated magnitude 7.5, New Madrid, Missouri at 9:15 a.m. earthquake
The first large earthquake in the region in 1812.

Feb. 7, 1812 Estimated 7.7 magnitude, New Madrid, Missouri at 3:45 a.m. earthquake
This is considered to be the largest earthquake ever to occur in Missouri. This earthquake was felt across most of the United States and into Canada.

Feb. 21, 2012 – Magnitude 3.9 near East Prairie, Missouri
Caused little damage but reportedly was felt in more than 20 states.

June 7, 2011 – Magnitude 3.9 near Sullivan, Missouri at 3:10 a.m.
Felt in at least three states by nearly 3,500 people according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no reports of casualties or fatalities from the earthquake. No damage was reported.

Dec. 16, 1811 – Estimated magnitude 7.7, Northeast Arkansas at 2:15 a.m.
This earthquake started the sequence of Midwest earthquakes that occurred in 1811-12. The ground reportedly shook for several minutes in places and the earthquake was felt in cities such as New York and Washington D.C.

Dec. 16, 1811 – Estimated magnitude 7.0, Northeast Arkansas at 7:15 a.m.
Felt on the East Coast. The event is described as "severe" at New Bourbon, Missouri, and was described by boatman John Bradbury, who was moored to a small island south of New Madrid, as "... terrible, but not equal to the first." Hough believes that this large aftershock occurred around dawn in the New Madrid region near the surface projection of the Reelfoot fault.

Dec. 17, 2009 Magnitude 3.6 in southeast Nebraska
Felt in portions of Missouri, including the cities of St. Joseph and Kansas City.


Educational Videos

Earthquake Exhibit at New Madrid Historical MuseumEarthquake Exhibit at the New Madrid Historical Museum

Check out this new video tour of the earthquake exhibit at the New Madrid Historical Museum. The museum is located at No. 1 South Main Street, in New Madrid, Missouri.

A Survivor's Story -- Eliza BryanA Survivor's Story, Eliza Bryan – The Great New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12

December 9 and 10, 2011 at the Dixie Theater in New Madrid, Missouri, Eliza told her story of surviving this terrible ordeal and life at that time in southeast Missouri. Eliza related her experiences to Dr. Seismo, played by David Stewart, Ph.D., through the help of Marian McDonald, who was reared in southeast Missouri more than 150 years after the great earthquakes. Eliza is one of the most important eyewitnesses to the events.

Watch these award winning vidoes on our YouTube channelAward winning preparedness videos created by Missouri school children

Kindergarten through 12th grade students across Missouri were encouraged to share their knowledge by creating videos that educate others about preparing for an earthquake. The contest was sponsored by the department’s Missouri Geological Survey. Winners chosen from three categories: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 grades.

Seventh grade students Miranda Kaleel and Lauren Whittier from Rockwood School District’s Selvidge Middle School in Ballwin, won the 5-8 grade category and were named grand prize winner for their silent movie video that demonstrates the steps one should take in the event of an earthquake. The video was a class project for gifted students.  Theresa Stockman is their teacher.  Kaleel and Whittier were invited to the Carnahan High School of the Future, St. Louis, to practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On during the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on April 28, 2011.  Gov. Jay Nixon, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Education Department Secretary Arne Duncan fielded questions Carnahan School for the Future and Selvidge Middle School students posed.  Kaleel and Whittier were recognized for their winning video by Secretaries Napolitano and Duncan.