M4.3 – 13km W of Whitesburg, Kentucky

A light earthquake of Magnitude 4.3 occurred in Eastern Kentucky shortly after noon today.  The epicenter was about 243 miles south southeast of my location in northeastern Ohio, giving a nice although small signal on my sensor.

Most of the reports were of light shaking; The USGS reported nearly 2000 responses to its Did You Feel It? website within 30 minutes of the rupture.

2 thoughts on “M4.3 – 13km W of Whitesburg, Kentucky

  1. Ah yes. Actually, I think this year is the 200th anniversary of the “Big Ones” in your area. Mid-continent earthquake hazards are so difficult to estimate because they don’t really occur on active faults. If it is of any comfort to you, there are some seismologists who think the hazard has moved north of your area, possibly into Illinois or Indiana. The USGS still has Memphis rated pretty high.

    You might find a couple of other posts of mine interesting: https://amateurgeophysics.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/earthquakes-in-the-u-s-mid-continent/

    and https://amateurgeophysics.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/large-earthquake-in-ohio/

    Thanks for stopping by again and for your comment.


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