2023 is off to an active start along the New Madrid Fault Zone in Missouri as there have already been more than 30 measurable quakes in January alone.

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It's worth noting that there are likely many more than 30 earthquakes measured by the USGS in the New Madrid Fault area of Missouri in January in 2023. I limited the search to only those that were at least 1.0 magnitude or higher.

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There were around a half dozen quakes in January of 2023 along the New Madrid that were larger than 2.0 and big enough to be felt.

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Most of these bigger quakes were part of a minor swarm that hit the first week of January. It's been fairly quiet since then with only a few quakes being recorded every few days. Looking at the month as a whole, it is a reasonably active start to 2023 for those living with the New Madrid Fault more or less in their backyard.

It's been documented some of the crazy events that happened during the historic 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes. Let's hope these minor quakes in 2023 don't lead to anything close to that as we get into the new year.

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