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Kentucky Earthquake Felt In Kanawha Valley
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Jeremy Bias
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Nov. 10, 2012 12:34 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 11, 2012 8:48 PM EST
Whitesburg , Kentucky
Eyewitness caught up with some folks in Putnam County who say they experience the 4.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Eastern Kentucky Saturday afternoon.
Leroy Lovejoy said, "All the sudden we were watching TV and the chair went like this. It happened before here but I didn't really feel it. I felt it this time."
Alicia Young lives in Eleanor and said, "We were watching TV and I thought our washing machine had done something so I look at John and said what was that? Then it happened again. I said I think someone ran their car into the house. Then I went on Facebook and saw people were commenting saying 'I felt it too, I felt it too.'
Young says she believes the earthquake is the sign of the times. "I've read the Book and it's all prophecy, everyone of us will have to bow on our knees and we will profess his name. It could be very close and I hope everybody's ready."
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake centered in Kentucky also rattled other states nearby.
The USGS website says the epicenter of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake on Saturday afternoon was about 10 miles west of Whitesburg. Residents in nearby Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia also reported feeling the temblor.
National Weather Service spokesman Jeff Carico says employees at the office in Jackson, which is about 60 miles northwest of Whitesburg, felt the ground shake for about 15 seconds. He says the office has gotten numerous calls, but so far no one has reported any serious damage.
USGS geophysicist John Bellini says the quake is considered "light" and isn't expected to cause major damage.
An earthquake has been reported in eastern Kentucky.
According to http://earthquake.usgs.gov, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake was reported in Whitesburg, Kentucky. People from Roane County, Putnam County, Wayne County, Mingo County, Jackson County, Kanawha County and even Pleasants County have called our station to report feeling the quake.
So far, there are no reports of damage in the Charleston area.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for the latest on this developing story.
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