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Earthquake History for February 7th

  •  M7.7 - Missouri, 1812

    New Madrid, Missouri
    One of the Largest Earthquakes in the United States.
    The largest historical earthquake in Missouri.
    This was the fourth earthquake of the 1811-1812 series. Several destructive shocks occurred on February 7, the last of which equaled or surpassed the magnitude of any previous event. The town of New Madrid was destroyed. At St. Louis, many houses were damaged severely and their chimneys were thrown down. The meizoseismal area was characterized by general ground warping, ejections, fissuring, severe landslides, and caving of stream banks.

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