Mississippi experiences third earthquake of year Wednesday

Published 1:14 pm Thursday, November 21, 2019

Mississippi experienced its third earthquake of the year Wednesday night.

The weak, Magnitude 2.3 quake occurred in Prentiss County, just east of Booneville at approximately 6:30 p.m.

There have been three earthquakes this year in Mississippi:

  •  January 8 near Hollandale — Magnitude 3.7
  •  August 9 nearICanton — Magnitude 2.8
  • November 20 near Booneville — Magnitude 2.3

Mississippi is on the southern end of the New Madrid Fault, which runs along the Tennessee state line with Arkansas and Missouri. It has historically produced weak earthquakes.

A big earthquake occurred back in 1811-1812 when a Magnitude 7.5 quake was generated north of Memphis. It caused damage as far south as Natchez and McComb.