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Experts warn catastrophic quake is possible for Mid-South

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OBION COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Some Mid-Southerners are edge after a 3.3 earthquake shook Obion County Monday afternoon. The earthquake was the third to hit in the area in less than two weeks.

Experts say earthquakes are not uncommon in the Mid-South. They warn that everyone should be ready in case a big one hits.

"Anything could happen here at anytime," said longtime resident Lauden Ogden.

Ogden spent most of his day Monday sitting on his front porch. When he got up around 5 p.m. to go inside, he felt the earth move.

"Well I was in the kitchen trying to fix something to eat and what I felt was shaking under my feet," he said.

The 3.3 magnitude earthquake was centered near Ogden's house, west of Obion, Tennessee.

Ogden and others call the area "earthquake alley".

"I felt the house shaking, the windows rattle, and wondered what was going on and found out we'd had another earthquake," added resident Donna Sanford.

Sanford says Monday's earthquake just iced the cake.

She has also been following another natural disaster that has had people across the country talking: the huge sinkhole that is swallowing up a resort villa in Florida.

"Makes me wonder what's going to happen," she said.

Experts say a sinkhole like the one in Florida is unlikely in West Tennessee due to the clay soil. They do, however, say that the Mid-South is in line for a major earthquake, but there is no way of predicting when that could happen.

That is a day that Lauden Ogden hopes he does not live to see.

"What happens when the big one hits? Ain't gonna be nobody left, that's what's gonna happen. What's left is gonna be a few," he said.

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