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That's because are around New Madrid fault zone consists from sediments which amplify waves so that they're felt on much larger area.
Originally posted by minniescar
Actually the earthquake yoo where talking about was felt in 4 states, there is alot of activity in that fault line but usually its pretty mild.
These catastrophic earthquakes occurred during a three-month period in December 1811 and early 1812. They caused changes in the course of the Mississippi River, which rolled backwards temporarily, and were felt as far away as New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, where churchbells rang. Large areas sank into the earth, fissures opened, lakes permanently drained, new lakes were formed, and forests were destroyed over an area of 150,000 acres (600 km²). Many houses at New Madrid were thrown down. "Houses, gardens, and fields were swallowed up" one source notes. But fatalities and damage were low, because the area was sparsely settled.