By most standards, Parkin, Arkansas is a sleepy farming community where things are typically quiet. That was not the case on Monday morning.
"It was a loud boom. I was just getting out of bed and it shook me, shook the whole house," explained resident Walter Warner.
Milton Atkins recalled, "Sounded like a boom at first. Then, I felt the big tremble. I thought it was the train because the train is always stopping and bumping in the outside."
But, it wasn't the train. It was a 4.0 magnitude earthquake which was felt across five Mid-South states.
Most people say it was a little scary because at first they weren't quite sure what was happening. But, they were grateful this earthquake didn't cause any damage.
Southaven, Mississippi resident Erica Smith felt the quake as well, "I knew it wasn't an airplane because sometimes the planes get a little low we can hear it and feel it, but this was something definitely different. I felt the ground trembling and also my house and my bed shaking I was lying in the bed and I was like Oh my God what is going on?"
Erica says the rumbling went on for about a minute, but wasn't that bad.
At the very same time in Midtown Memphis, Mellisa Hanson was wondering what was going on at her house. "It just took a minute, I live close to the airport and the train runs through my backyard, so I am used to feeling the ground shake and it just didn't sound like a train or a plane, and I thought that maybe it was an earthquake."
Interestingly enough, the two women described the sound the earthquake made differently. Erica described it as a swishing and a shaking, and Mellissa described it as the sound of a tree limb knocking into the house. Neither woman thinks we will be feeling another quake anytime soon.
Geologists say typically a 2.5 quake is the smallest tremor to be felt by humans. This current quake could have done some damage.
Earthquake geologist Gary Patterson explains, "It'll cause things to be knocked over, fall over, valuable things it can cause chimney's to fall over."
Warner has lived in Parkin for 54 years. He says he's usually not rattled by earthquakes and feels the same about this one, "The tree behind the house, all the nuts fell off, sound like raining hail on the tin roof, we looked around but nothing fell down or anything."
Patterson says the next one could be the big one, "We do believe there will be an earthquake in the future here that causes damage and it is prudent to prepare. We just can't say exactly when."
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