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Minor Earthquake Reported In West Tennessee

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Posted at 9:13 AM, Aug 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:37:36-04

COVINGTON, Tenn. – A minor earthquake occurred Tuesday morning in west Tennessee, not far from the Arkansas line.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake happened at 8:26 a.m., some six miles northwest of Covington or about an hour from Memphis.

The earthquake was listed as a 3.5 magnitude, which is considered relatively minor on the Richter scale.

At a magnitude of 3.5, some people may have felt the quake, but anything less than 3.9 rarely causes damage. 

The New Madrid seismic zone of southeast Missouri and other nearby states is the most seismically active in North America east of the Rockies. Small earthquakes happen from time to time along the area.

Click here for additional information regarding seismic activity in Tennessee.