September 20, 2020

Mississippi experiences third earthquake of year Wednesday

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.