The earthquake struck about two miles southeast of Sparta. The event was widely felt, with more than 80,000 “Did You Feel It?” reports submitted as of 1 p.m. eastern daylight time. Most reported weak to light shaking while those closest to the epicenter felt strong to very strong shaking.
USGS scientists expect that this event will trigger aftershocks, but these will decrease in frequency over time. See the aftershock forecast for more details.
The USGS is coordinating its response with the University of Memphis, Center for Earthquake Research and Information.
The USGS operates a 24/7 National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado that can be reached for more information at 303-273-8500.
Learn more about the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.