The U.S. Geological Survey says the 2.7-magnitude temblor was shortly before 1 a.m. Monday east and northeast of Benton.
In the predawn hours of December 16, 1811, the first in a series of tremors which would last months awoke residents of New Madrid in southeast Missouri.
Steve Besemer says people cannot be forced into a false sense of security because it has been 200-plus years since the last major earthquake.
Epicenter was 4 miles north of Bellmont in Wabash County.
An earthquake shook sections of the Metro-East around 7:30 this morning.
More than 200 business and government leaders are meeting this week to coordinate efforts on earthquake preparedness.
First temblor struck Metro East, second hit near Longtown, MO
Red Cross holding conference to help you be prepared
Magnitude 4.0 quake reported near Sikeston
200 years ago, an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude rocked Missouri.