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Mississippi Earthquake
Released: 3/25/1996

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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A minor earthquake with a preliminary estimated magnitude of 3.5 occurred in Clarke County, Mississippi, at 8:15 local time (9:15 EST) on March 25, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred about 15 miles south of the city of Meridian, in Lauderdale County, and was widely felt in the town of Quitman and throughout Clarke County. Earthquakes are rare but not unknown in Mississippi.

The USGS received no early reports of damage or injuries from this earthquake.

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