Sullivan earthquake felt across St. Louis-region

12:33 PM, Jun 7, 2011   |    comments
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Franklin County, Mo (KSDK) -- The United States Geological Service has revised the magnitude of the earthquake located near Sullivan, Missouri to a 3.9. from 4.2.

It hit at 3:10 a.m. and lasted several seconds.

The earthquake was 3.2 miles deep and hit 15 miles east, southeast of Sullivan.  Sullivan is located about 50 miles southwest of St. Louis.

People have reported feeling it from as far away as Columbia, Missouri and Carbondale, Illinois.

The Kirkwood Police Department says it took at least a half dozen calls from people who say the ground shook.

USGS website

Shelly Waterbury of Castlewood says she was on her computer at the time.  "The ground started shaking and I knew instantly we were having an earthquake," says Waterbury. 

Waterbury lived in San Francisco.  She says she's experienced five earthquakes on the West Coast.  The largest of those was a 6.2 magnitude quake.  "That one made everything fall off the walls," she said.  She says this earthquake however, didn't do any damage to her home.

Jane Hylton, who lives south of Festus, also felt the ground move.  She and her husband spent the day volunteering in Joplin.  Hylton says she was watching TV in her bedroom at the time of the earthquake.  Hylton says, "The bed started waving.  It was actually in waves.  I wasn't sure what was going on.  When my feet hit the hardwood floor I felt the house shuttering.  I started to walk down the hall towards him (her husband) because I was frightened.  We heard a thunder, like a loud thunder and everything was shaking.  It was surreal.  I just wasn't sure what was happening.  It lasted 10 to 15 seconds and it was over.  He said, 'Oh, that was an earthquake.  Go back to bed.'"

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says it has been flooded with calls from people curious about the earthquake, but say so far, there are no reports of damage or injuries. The Sullivan Police Department said they also have received calls from curious people, but there are no reports of damage.

NewsChannel 5's Ryan Dean traveled to Washington County to go to the epicenter of the earthquake.  He punched in the coordinates on a GPS and rural roads took him to some private property about a half-mile from the epicenter.

Click on the video player above to see Ryan Dean's trip to the epicenter.

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