An earthquake was reported Wednesday night in southeast Missouri and felt in south-central Missouri.

A minor earthquake within the New Madrid Seismic Zone rattled southeast Missouri early Tuesday.

The 4.0 magnitude quake hit at 3:58 a.m. Tuesday, centered about 9 miles east of Sikeston. Police there said no damage or injuries were reported. The Mississippi County sheriff’s office had a few callers reporting shaking but no damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., says the quake was marked by light shaking.

The New Madrid Seismic Zone is a 150-mile stretch of land between Memphis and St. Louis that crosses parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.

The zone produced major earthquakes dating to around 1450 A.D., 900 A.D., 300 A.D. and even further back.

The U.S. Geological Survey says it heard from nearly 300 people early Tuesday who reported feeling minor shaking or swaying from the early-morning quake. In addition to Missouri, those who reported feeling the quake were in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee. A minor earthquake within the New Madrid Seismic Zone rattled southeast Missouri early Tuesday.

—Associated Press

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