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Light earthquake in eastern Kentucky felt from Cincinnati to Atlanta

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.

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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.

Posted 
November 10, 2012
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