February Is Earthquake Awareness Month In Missouri

Earthquake Awareness Month in Missouri begins Tuesday and some Missouri residents are more on edge.

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck the New Madrid Seismic Zone in the Poplar Bluff area the night of November 17th, rattling furniture and shaking wall hangings.

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The New Madrid Seismic Zone is one of the most active in the U.S.

Missouri Department of Public Safety recommends residents take early precautions such as bolting bookcases to studs, moving heavy items to lower shelves and putting together emergency kits.

Falling debris is the leading cause of injuries in earthquakes in the U.S. and the Department of Public Safety says the best prevention is to drop to your knees, get under a desk or table and hold on until the shaking stops.

The earthquake in November was the strongest in Missouri since 1991.