Arkansas Center for Earthquake Education and Technology Transfer

November 28, 1996 Earthquake
Blytheville, Mississippi County

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake which struck Blytheville, Arkansas on Thursday, November 28, 1996 at about 11:40 p.m. was felt in a five state area, including northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri, northern Mississippi, and seven western Tennessee counties.

The Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the University of Memphis reported that the quake registered about 4 on their seismic equipment. The U.S. Geological Survey later determined the earthquake to be a 3.3 level quake located about 11 miles underground.

The Arkansas State Police in Jonesboro, Arkansas, reported receiving about 40 telephone calls - none reporting any significant damage. Arkansas residents reported feeling their houses shake. Blinds and objects on walls and tables were seen to shake and move. The state police sent an advisory to area police and sheriff's departments.

The National Weather Service office in Memphis reported receiving about a dozen calls from Memphis residents. Again, no damage was reported, but individuals were clearly frightened.

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Last Updated: October 29, 1998

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