4.3 magnitude earthquake reported in Ky. rattled residents in nearby states

Earthquake reported in southeastern Ky.


The U.S. Geological Survey reported that an earthquake centered in Kentucky also rattled other states nearby.

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

National Weather Service spokesman Jeff Carico said 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 said the quake was considered "light" and wasn't expected to cause major damage.


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