Daily American Republic
Residents of Butler, Ripley and Carter counties felt minor earthquakes at 3:26 p.m. Friday or heard what sounded like a sonic boom. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was a 3.4-magnitude followed 24 minutes later by a 3.2-magnitude aftershock. There were no reports of damage, but concerned people called area law enforcement to find out what was going on. Butler County Emergency Management Agency Director Robbie Myers was told the epicenter was 29 miles west of Poplar Bluff or a few miles west of Grandin. Myers said the earthquake occurred just one day after EMA officials had participated in the annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut drill at area schools.