NEW MADRID, MO (KFVS) - Dec. 16, 1811 is the anniversary of the first of three big earthquakes referred to as the New Madrid sequence of earthquakes.
Series of quakes:
- The first was a 7.5 magnitude felt as far away as New York City, according to USGS. It was centered in Northeast Arkansas. An aftershock on the same day and was a 7.0 magnitude. It was centered in Arkansas as well.
- The second quake was a 7.3 centered in New Madrid, Missouri. It was a 7.3 magnitude. It happened on Jan. 23, 1812.
- The third quake, on Feb. 7, 1812, was a 7.5 magnitude centered in New Madrid, destroying the town, according to USGS.
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