February 22, 2012 by staff
Midwest Earthquake, No calls were fielded locally by emergency personnel early Tuesday morning after an earthquake in southeast Missouri shook portions of nine states.
“I slept through it,” said Mike Hall, Marion County 911 director.
He was not alone. No calls were received regarding the temblor by the fire department or police department in Hannibal.
“It was a non-event for us,” said a police spokesperson, noting that no calls of any kind were received for a period of time before or after the magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck at 3:58 a.m. (CST).
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake’s epicenter was near the town of East Prairie, Mo., roughly midway between St. Louis and Memphis. Several people in five states — Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee — felt the quake, along with scattered individuals in four others, as far away as North Carolina and Georgia, according to responses to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site.
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