Published On: Sun, Nov 11th, 2012

From Atlanta to Cincinnati, the Kentucky 4.3 earthquake shook residents

A 4.3-magnitude earthquake centered in southeastern Kentucky on Saturday has shaken residents from northern Ohio to North Carolina and Alabama.

A U.S. Geological Survey-provided map illustrates Saturday’s 4.3-magnitude quake in Kentucky. (USGS / November 10, 2012)

The earthquake, centered more than half a mile underground about eight miles west of Whitesburg, Ky., did not appear to cause any structural damage in the Ohio Valley. The epicenter was about 35 miles west of the southwestern Virginia border.

More than 200 people from Ohio, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Georgia Indiana and North Carolina reported feeling the temblor on the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, some more than 300 miles away.

Earthquakes in Kentucky are not uncommon, mainly occurring along its western border, along the New Madrid fault zone that traces northeast from the Arkansas-Tennessee border along Missouri and up to Indiana. That region reported three earthquakes between 7.5 and 7.7 in 1811 and 1812, according to the USGS.

“I was relaxing in bed and reading the newspaper when I felt the bed shaking and heard the house rattling,” explained Woodstock resident Erin Molter. “Our dog started barking like crazy and our cat freaked out. It lasted a few seconds and then it was over. I knew it was an earthquake because of the way it felt,” she added. Woodstock is located about 45 minutes north to northwest of Downtown Atlanta.


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