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#1 Perfect72

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 20:53

WHITESBURG, Kentucky (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake centered in Kentucky also rattled other nearby states.
The USGS website says the epicenter of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake on Saturday afternoon was about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Whitesburg. Residents in nearby Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia also reported feeling the temblor.
National Weather Service spokesman Jeff Carico says employees at the office in Jackson, which is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) 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.

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This better not ruin my trip in two weeks. (<--A joke.) I hope it doesn't escalate, and become anything more.


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Posted 10 November 2012 - 21:04

I was sitting here on my computer when I heard what sounded like a boom, and then it felt like something hit the house. Then everything started shaking; I wasn't sure what was happening at first, this is the biggest quake I've ever experienced. Usually out here we just get a bit of light shaking that many people don't even notice. That was a pretty big one (for this region).

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 22:04

Tennessee next ...

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 22:12

I wouldn't be surprised if fracking was responsible for this.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 00:37

I don't think anyone would be "fracking" in Kentucky. Or any states near it. The New Madrid Fault Line is one of, if not the most dangerous in the country, in terms of the damage it would cause when it eventually "goes off."

If they are, they are supremely stupid.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 00:55

I don't believe they do that here, we just have strip mining mostly. I'm sure it was just a natural earthquake, been a long time since we've had one.

As for the New Madrid fault, the last big quake was over 100 years ago and it was huge. The Missisippi River flowed backwards for several hours.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 00:56

I don't think anyone would be "fracking" in Kentucky. Or any states near it. The New Madrid Fault Line is one of, if not the most dangerous in the country, in terms of the damage it would cause when it eventually "goes off."

If they are, they are supremely stupid.


I'm not aware of any fracking operations around here. I live in eastern Kentucky and I was up and awake at the time, but I didn't feel anything. Some of my friends said they felt it shake a little bit, I must have been in the shower or something because I didn't even know about it until about 45 minutes later and people started asking me about it. Looking back though, our dogs started barking at the trees around the time it was supposed to have happened, maybe they felt it.

Kind of crazy, you "expect" quakes in California because it happens quite often, but since they don't happen very often here people often forget what the New Madrid fault is capable of. In 1811 a quake from the New Madrid fault caused the Mississippi river to flow backwards for a while to form Reelfoot Lake.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 00:59

I was afraid of this, someone dropped his Lumia 920.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 01:02

oh boy I got a work trip coming up that's gonna take me into the area... wish me luck guys...

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 01:06

I'm not aware of any fracking operations around here. I live in eastern Kentucky and I was up and awake at the time, but I didn't feel anything. Some of my friends said they felt it shake a little bit, I must have been in the shower or something because I didn't even know about it until about 45 minutes later and people started asking me about it. Looking back though, our dogs started barking at the trees around the time it was supposed to have happened, maybe they felt it.

Kind of crazy, you "expect" quakes in California because it happens quite often, but since they don't happen very often here people often forget what the New Madrid fault is capable of. In 1811 a quake from the New Madrid fault caused the Mississippi river to flow backwards for a while to form Reelfoot Lake.


I was talking to my buddy who is in Waco, KY (outside of Richmond) on Gtalk, and he said it sounded like shotguns going off near him. Few minutes later it was reported.

What part by the way? I'm from Richmond/Lexington myself.

oh boy I got a work trip coming up that's gonna take me into the area... wish me luck guys...


I'll be there with ya, if it is during Thanksgiving!

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 01:06

Earthquakes can happen anywhere, 4.3 isn't that big. You non-west coast people scare easily ;)

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 01:07

Ouch.....

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 01:07

Earthquakes can happen anywhere, 4.3 isn't that big. You non-west coast people scare easily ;)


I think it is more fear of the fault that lies under them, rather than a 4.3 earthquake. And the fact, the area is not prepared in the slightest for an earthquake in terms of building structure, or readiness of citizens.

The biggest thing, is the fact the army depot sits outside of Richmond, KY, and it holds a LOT of mustard gas (leftover from past wars). Growing up we had to drill so many times just in case there was ever a leak. An earthquake could rupture those, and if the gas leaks... Well no one in Kentucky would be safe as it would reach all around the state, and carry into states nearby. It would most definitely wipe out eastern KY.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 01:17

what the **** is up with this fracking being done in sensitive areas? I know that my moving itchies aren't for nothing now... I kinda feel like something is telling me to get out of this region... this is just confirming it...

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 01:20

The nearest town to me is Salyersville. I don't really live "in" any town, but Salyersville is the closest one. It's about a hundred miles east southeast of Lexington in Magoffin County.

We get jumpy with earthquakes here because they don't happen very often, and nobody really knows what you should do in the event that we have one. Me and mine would be fine because we live out in the woods with some wide open bottoms, and we cut all the trees that would ever be in danger of falling on the house, so I don't think we'd have too much to worry about, but the towns around here don't prepare for that kind of thing. Just earlier this year a tornado touched down and ripped through the business district of Salyersville and tore hell of hinges in West Liberty. 99% of the people here had never seen a tornado in real life, so when an F-3 touched down in town it tore everything to shreds, and many of the businesses that were damaged haven't even bothered trying to re-build.