Commonwealth Journal

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November 10, 2012

Quake rocks eastern Kentucky

Somerset —  

Cue Carole King’s “I Feel the Earth Move.”
Many Pulaski County residents just after 12 p.m. Saturday felt the trembling that can only be identified as an earthquake — and soon after that it was confirmed that one had occurred in far eastern Kentucky.
“Thought it was a bulldozer shaking our house — the cat is still scared!” reported Joseph Dobbs through the Commonwealth Journal’s Facebook site. 
According to the U.S. Geological survey, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake, centered at Blackey, located in Letcher County in Eastern Kentucky, occurred at 12:08 p.m. Saturday.
Blackey is located around 10 miles west of Whitesburg. 
The trembling lasted for several seconds — and some say they felt it as long as 15 seconds — and the event sent many to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to report the occurrence.
A request from the Commonwealth Journal to hear from those who felt the tremor garnered more than 200 responses within a short time. 
“My whole house went left to right and my computer table was jumping so I jumped in a doorway just to be safe,” said Science Hill resident Megan Shearer through the CJ’s Facebook page.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the epicenter of the shallow, light earthquake was 0.7 miles deep under Blackey, an Appalachian Mountains town.
The tremor was felt far and wide, with reports coming in from Kentucky as well as Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, and even as far north as Ohio and as far south as Georgia.
Nearly every community within Pulaski County reported feeling a slight to moderate shaking or hearing a rumbling similar to thunder.
Residents in Somerset, Science Hill, Eubank, Tateville, Bronston, Burnside and Nancy, among other Pulaski County communities, reported they’d experienced the earthquake.
“Felt it in the Dahl community (near Shopville),” reported Patty Ping through the CJ’s Facebook page. “Was a bit anxious as we are so near the Sinking Valley cave system” 

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