January 25, 1955 Earthquake
An earthquake occured in the New Madrid Fault Zone on Tuesday, January 25, 1955. A University of Arkansas seismograph recorded the earthquake as lasting ten minutes from 1:25 to 1:35 a.m. central time. Saint Louis University pinpointed the earthquake as occuring about 200 miles south of Saint Louis, Missouri near the borders of Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Residents of Memphis, Tennessee reported feeling light shocks and having dishes and windows rattled.
In Arkansas, the earthquake was felt in Blytheville, Lepanto, Osceola, Wynne, and Paragould. This was the second reported earthquake in a year on the New Madrid Fault Zone.
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