Earthquake Shakes Up NW Louisiana

While the weather looks good for Easter Day, things got a little shaky for part of the North Lousiana region heading into Good Friday.

At around 2:26 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 2021, a 3.0 earthquake was reported in Caddo Parish, west of Blanchard, and about 12 miles northwest of Shreveport. The earthquake was reported to be centered 3.1 miles under the ground.

While it hasn’t happened for more than two centuries, Louisiana has felt tremors from major earthquakes before.

Multiple devastating earthquakes hit the United States in 1811 and 1812 the epicenter of which was the New Madrid fault area. These quakes were some of the largest ever experienced in the USA and the effects were across north Louisiana and all the way to the southern parts of the state, including New Orleans.

Since 1843, the U.S. Geological Survey says that more than 40 earthquakes felt in or around Louisiana.


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