Kentucky Experiences Minor Quake

January 30, 2009

In the midst of a winter storm that has left hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians without electricity, a minor earthquake has hit in southeastern Kentucky.

The University of Kentucky’s Kentucky Geological Survey Web site says the magnitude 3.1 quake occurred early Tuesday near Williamsburg in southeastern Kentucky. It was centered 16 miles underground.

Jimmy Perkins of Williamsburg told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the quake shook his house for about five seconds.

An emergency dispatcher in Williamsburg says no damage or injuries have been reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey classifies earthquakes between 3 and 3.9 on the Richter scale as minor. The agency says at least three other minor earthquakes have occurred in Kentucky since 2005.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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