AREA -- Picture frames shook on the walls and people were awakened from their sleep in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri as a 4.0 earthquake rolled through the area in the early morning hours Aug. 16.
According to officials from the U.S. Geological Survey in Virginia, the center of the earthquake was centered approximately 10 miles northeast of West Plains.
The quake was widely felt and the Howell County Sheriff's Office received several calls pertaining to the quake. Oregon County officials reported no calls and no damage received in the county as a result of the quake.
The quake occurred in the New Madrid Fault Zone which lies within the center of the Mississippi Valley extending from northeast Arkansas through southeast Missouri, into western Tennessee, western Kentucky and southern Illinois.
Earthquake officials said the zone experiences more than 200 small earthquakes annually. It has registered three with 4.0 magnitudes since April.
Officials report this area has seen some of the largest earthquakes in North America including major quakes in 1811 and 1812 and 1895. A 5.5 quake occurred in 1998 and was centered in Illinois. It was felt in 23 states.