Enjoying EarthSky? Subscribe.

121,380 subscribers and counting ...

By in
| Earth on Nov 10, 2012

Light earthquake in eastern Kentucky felt from Cincinnati to Atlanta

The 4.3-magnitude quake had a shallow epicenter under the Appalachian Mountains town of Blackey. No immediate reports of injuries or damages.

November 10, 2012 earthquake in eastern Kentucky.

A 4.3-magnitude earthquake, which is not generally considered a strong earthquake, struck in eastern Kentucky just after noon today local time (November 11, 2013). The quake struck eight miles west of Whitesburg, Kentucky, at 12:08 p.m. EST (17:08 UTC). The shallow epicenter – only 0.7 miles deep – was under the Appalachian Mountains town of Blackey, near the Virginia border. There were no immediate reports of damage in the eastern Kentucky area. A U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist told NBC News that the tremor was felt from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Atlanta, Georgia.

Did you feel it? Report it here.

Details of the quake from the USGS are as follows:

Magnitude
4.3

Date-Time
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 17:08:13 UTC
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 12:08:13 PM at epicenter

Location
37.233°N, 83.042°W

Depth
18.9 km (11.7 miles)

Region
EASTERN KENTUCKY

Distances
3 km (2 miles) NE (42°) from Vicco, KY
12 km (7 miles) NNW (332°) from Blackey, KY
13 km (8 miles) SSW (205°) from Hindman, KY
156 km (97 miles) SE (124°) from Lexington-Fayette, KY
405 km (252 miles) NNE (17°) from Atlanta, GA

November 10, 2012 earthquake in eastern Kentucky via Google Maps. It was felt in Atlanta, 252 miles away.

Bottom line: A 4.3-magnitude earthquake just after noon today local time (November 11, 2013) eight miles west of Whitesburg, Kentucky. The shallow epicenter – only 0.7 miles deep – was under the Appalachian Mountains town of Blackey, near the Virginia border. There were no immediate reports of damage in the eastern Kentucky area. A U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist said the tremor was felt from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Atlanta, Georgia.