JACKSON — A small earthquake shook Madison County, Mississippi, on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was the third quake in the area in the past two months.
The 3.2-magnitude quake occurred at 8:23 a.m. Monday, said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center. The epicenter was about 4 miles southwest of Canton and 19 miles north-northeast of Jackson.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said no injuries or damage were immediately reported.
“This was again a relatively small quake but reminds us we must always be prepared as there is no warning for earthquakes,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham.
Caruso said analysts don’t know what geological fault is involved, but the epicenter is well southeast of the New Madrid (MAD-rid) fault.
Caruso said the agency got reports about the quake from Madison, Canton, Ridgeland and Jackson.
Jenny Woodruff, special events and projects manager for Special Olympics Mississippi, said she and her colleagues felt the quake at their office in a one-story building in Madison.
“The whole building shook,” Woodruff said. “It was just kind of crazy. We were all like, ‘What’s going on?'”
On May 2, two small earthquakes occurred in Madison County. No injuries or major damage were reported. The first was a 3.2-magnitude quake about 4 miles southwest of Canton, home to a Nissan manufacturing plant. The second was a 3.0-magnitude quake about 5 miles southwest of Canton.