STEELE, Mo. — The United States Geological Survey reports a 4.0 magnitude earthquake near Steele, Missouri on Wednesday night.
The quake, with an epicenter about 175 miles from Centralia, was felt in six states. No injuries were reported.
The USGS said the earthquake was about 2 miles south-southwest of Steele and occurred around 10:51 p.m., but that’s not the first significant shake the area has seen in the last 50 years.

On Nov. 9, 1968, there was a magnitude 5.4 recorded in Illinois.

There were no deaths, but the earthquake caused structural damage in many areas, including Chicago.

As one of the most widely-felt earthquakes in history, areas affected included 23 states and parts of Canada.

Then on Sept. 26, 1990 there was a magnitude 4.8 centered near New Hamburg, Mo. It was felt as far away as Hannibal, Mo., about 225 miles north.

The next year, in May 1991, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 hit with an epicenter in Risco, MO in New Madrid County.

No reports of major damage or injuries were made from that earthquake.
The probability of a repeat of the 1811-1812, magnitude 7.5-8.0, earthquakes, is 7 to 10 percent, according to the Missouri Geological Survey.

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