Historic Earthquakes

Charleston, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi
1931 12 17 03:36 UTC (local 12/16)
Magnitude 4.60
Intensity VI

Largest Earthquake in Mississippi

Several chimneys were thrown down at Charleston, and the walls and foundation of the Agricultural High School were cracked. Minor damage to chimneys also occurred at Tillatoba and Water Valley; several buildings were damaged slightly and plaster fell at Belzoni. Also felt in Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

Abridged from Seismicity of the United States, 1568-1989 (Revised), by Carl W. Stover and Jerry L. Coffman, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1527, United States Government Printing Office, Washington: 1993.