One of the strongest earthquakes to hit Mississippi since 1977 shook homes and rattled nerves in the Mississippi Delta Tuesday afternoon.

The United States Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 3.7 tremor occurred 9 kilometers NW of the town of Hollandale near Greenville at 4:26 p.m. The epicenter was located at a depth of 16 .4 km. 

Weak to light shaking was reported through parts of the Mississippi Delta, but also in areas of SE Arkansas, according to the USGS Intensity map.

Earthquakes are not rare in Mississippi some of the most recent tremors were close to Jackson in Madison County, when the area had three quakes between May and June in 2015. Each quake was between Magnitude 3.0 and 3.2.

After a quake, weaker tremors or aftershocks are possible over the next few days to a week.