M3.4 earthquake hits Ohio just before series of small quakes rattles Missouri along the New Madrid Seismic Zone

A M3.4 earthquake hit about a mile south of McArthur in Vinton County, southeast Ohio on May 24, 2017.

Thi happened just before a series of smaller quakes rattled Missouri along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. What is going on along the New Madrid Fault Line?

An M3.4 earthquake hit about a mile south of McArthur in Vinton County Ohio May 24 2017, earthquake ohio may 24 2017
An M3.4 earthquake hit about a mile south of McArthur in Vinton County, Ohio May 24 2017.

A 3.4 magnitude earthquake occurred near McArthur, Ohio at 12:24 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. McArthur is located in Vinton County with an estimated population of about 1,600.

Over ten cities in southeast Ohio reported effects from the quake including: Vinton, Jackson, Logan, Londonderry, Albany, South Bloomingville, Wellston, Creola, McArthur and Hamden.

There have been no reports of injuries or major structural damage according to the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office.

earthquake new madrid fault line may 24 2017, Map showing the M3.4 earthquake in Ohio and the earthquake swarm along the New Madrid Seismic Zone in Missouri on May 24 2017
Map showing the M3.4 earthquake in Ohio and the earthquake swarm along the New Madrid Seismic Zone in Missouri on May 24 2017. via USGS

Six hours later, a swarm of 6 earthquakes started rattling near Lilbourn, Missouri along the New Madrid Seismic Zone – M2.3, M0.9, M2.0, M1.6, M0.9. Ohio is on the periphery of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, an area in Missouri and adjacent states that was the site of the largest earthquake sequence to occur in historical times in the continental United States.

What is going on along the New Madrid Fault Line?

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