We haven't seen an earthquake this significant in a long time on the New Madrid Fault or have we? The USGS reported a moderate quake then deleted it a few minutes later.

Tonight, the USGS reported a 4.3 magnitude earthquake near Bloomfield, Missouri. Here's a screenshot of the email I received from the government about the (maybe?) quake:

Email from USGS.gov

The New Madrid Seismic Network that the USGS links to includes the University of Memphis. Here's a link to their website for the reported quake and a screenshot of the quake they reported.

University of Memphis

Now the USGS Earthquake page shows the quake has been deleted. What gives? Here are some possibilities. 1. There was a large 7.0 earthquake in Mexico tonight. It's possible that quake could have caused a false measurement on the New Madrid Fault. 2. It's a simple computer error.

Get our free mobile app

It's worth noting that this happened over the Labor Day Weekend also. There was an alert that there was a 6.5 quake in Vancouver, Canada then the earthquake was deleted and reported false.

I tend to be a science nut and check the USGS earthquake page every single day and I've never seen false reports this frequently in the past. Ever. No matter what's going on, it's strange and that's saying something considering how 2020 and 2021 have been for everyone.

RANKED: Here are the most popular national parks

To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker compiled data from the National Park Service on the number of recreational visits each site had in 2020. Keep reading to discover the 50 most popular national parks in the United States, in reverse order from #50 to #1. And be sure to check with individuals parks before you visit to find out about ongoing, pandemic-related safety precautions at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

LET'S GO: The most popular historic sites in America