National Weather Service confirms earthquake in SE Kentucky

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Posted on November 10, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 11 at 6:49 PM

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) -- According to Metrosafe, the National Weather Service confirms that an earthquake struck eight miles west of Whitesburg, Kentucky around 12:06 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The USGS website says the epicenter of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake on Saturday afternoon was about 10 miles west of Whitesburg. Residents in nearby Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia also reported feeling the temblor.

No damage has been reported across Central Kentucky.
 
National Weather Service spokesman Jeff Carico says employees at the office in Jackson, which is about 60 miles northwest of Whitesburg, felt the ground shake for about 15 seconds. He says the office has gotten numerous calls, but so far no one has reported any serious damage.
 
USGS geophysicist John Bellini says the quake is considered "light" and isn't expected to cause major damage.

Click here for in-depth information about the earthquake.

 

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