Earthquake in Kentucky rattles widespread region


A magnitude-4.3 earthquake centered in southeastern Kentucky on Saturday has shaken residents from northern Ohio to North Carolina and Alabama.

The earthquake, centered more than half a mile underground about eight miles west of Whitesburg, Ky., did not appear to cause any structural damage in the Ohio Valley. The epicenter was about 35 miles west of the southwestern Virginia border. It occurred at 12:08 p.m. local time, according to the federal agency that tracks earthquakes.

More than 200 people from Ohio, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana and North Carolina reported feeling the temblor on the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, some more than 300 miles away.

Shocks of magnitude 2.2 and 2.5 at shallower depths also are listed on the website, recorded as occurring within an hour and a half of the first.

Earthquakes in Kentucky are not uncommon, mainly occurring along its western border, along the New Madrid fault zone that traces northeast from the Arkansas-Tennessee border along Missouri and up to Indiana.