An earthquake in Kentucky was strong enough to be felt all the way in Knoxville, Tennessee. The earthquake was 8 miles West of Whitesburg, KY. What was rare about today’s earthquake is the frequency in Kentucky isn’t very often. In fact according to WKYT the last quake in KY was in Bath County in 1980 registering at 5.1 magnitude.
People from all over felt todays quake chatting about it on Twitter, Facebook and commenting on websites revealing it. States like West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio and obviously Kentucky felt the trembling shakes.
A lot of talk in Knoxville, Tenneesse was going on about the 4.3 magnitude trembler. One person tweeted from @KnoxvillePains, “Counting myself blessed for surviving the Great Knox Earthquake. 11/10/12. #NeverForget” Another person from @NathanMJohnston tweeted, “An earthquake just shook my living room in Knoxville!?!?!?! 2.0 on the Richter Scale. How is that possible?”
An earthquake just shook my living room in Knoxville!?!?!?! 2.0 on the Richter Scale. How is that possible?
— Nathan Johnston (@NathanMJohnston) November 10, 2012
Other people were posting comments around the web explaining what it was like to experience the shaking in their house. Rebecca Mallott commented, “Dishes were rattled and pictures moved the walls shaking. I live in Mt. Sterling, KY.” Another comment under the name Liz stated, “I felt the rumbling in my kitchen and things were rattling, and my dogs went nuts! We live in the mountains at Red River Gorge.” If you’re wondering how long the quake lasted some reports say it was around 15 – 20 seconds long. A comment from someone calling themselves Lexington, KY Guy said, “We felt it here in Lexington, shook for about 15-20 sec. Rattled windows pretty good.” A person named Dave that used to live in Southern California commented on his experience of the quake too, “felt it really well near I-75 exit 97. Former resident of SoCal, knew it was a quake due to duration (as opposed to explosives). It was my wife’s first quake, she was pretty excited. Took a long time to verify it was a quake online or by watching local news, like 20 minutes.”
Some people on Twitter were reporting aftershocks which were confirmed by the USGS. The official time the 4.3 magnitude quake hit was November 10th, 2012 at 17:08:14 and the aftershock hit with a magnitude 2.5 at 18:37:07. If there are any more updates on the KY Earthquake we’ll update here with new aftershocks or surrounding quakes near the coal mining area.