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William Kosky Sr. and his son were installing a water line at the New Madrid County Airport on Wednesday.

The location was right smack in the middle of where a dozen earthquakes rattled the area early Wednesday morning.

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"Having 12 of them, all right here in the same field, that's real unusual," William Kosky Jr. said.

Some of the quakes were a few hundred yards away from where they were working, while others were just a couple dozen feet away.

"We wasn't expecting to be in the same field as where the earthquakes centered at," Kosky Sr. said.

Kosky Sr. said while he hasn't felt any while he was working on Wednesday, he said he felt several on Tuesday night at his home.

"I was laying in bed and it hit and I thought it broke the bed down," Kosky Sr. said. "I thought the bed broke completely down as hard as it hit. I mean it just was a real hard thud. And it wasn't too long later when we had another hard thud. I said to myself, those are earthquakes is what them are."

Kosky Jr. said he was at home when his dog started acting strange, hiding under a pillow. He said his dog did this several times before each quake hit.

The Koskys say it's not uncommon for quakes to hit in this area, but say it's very uncommon that so many happened in one day.

"It doesn't really concern me," Kosky Jr. said. "We've had small shakes all the time. The big one, it's not a matter of if but when but as long as we keep having these small ones, it kind of relieves some of the pressure."

The Koskys said they feel it's good in a way that these little quakes are happening to help relieve some of the pressure on the fault line.

They said they are also concerned that this might be a precursor to a bigger quake.

"We can stand these 12 little jolts," Kosky Sr. said. "They didn't hurt nothing. They just kind of makes us pay attention of what's going on around us."

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