Metro-East News

Shallow earthquake strikes small Missouri town

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 2.4 magnitude earthquake outside of a small town in the Missouri Bootheel.

The quake was about 8.4 kilometers below ground and was felt at least 4.6 kilometers away, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. That made what was felt outside of Lilbourn, Missouri, a shallow quake with low magnitude, the USGS says.

The quake was at about 9:30 a.m. Monday. The agency’s website reports that the survey will provide “information needed for public health and safety ... updated with limited support” because of the government shutdown.

Earthquakes “strike suddenly and without warning,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency reports. It offers safety tips at