Earthquakes shake the region

SIKESTON, Mo. — The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake shook Southeast Missouri around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

The 2.6 magnitude earthquake was centered in an area just about seven miles southeast of Sikeston. The USGS reports the earthquake hit relatively close to the surface at a depth of 2.7 miles.

This is the third earthquake in the region in the past few days. Early Monday morning, a 2.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded east of Mount Vernon, Illinois. On Saturday, a 2.3 magnitude quake hit near Caruthersville and on Sunday, a 2.5 magnitude earthquake rattled near Tiptonville, Tenn.

Tuesday morning’s quake was reportedly felt as far as Carbondale, Illinois.