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Some damage being reported following historic earthquake in Eastern Kentucky

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT/AP) - 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 8 miles west of Whitesburg.

Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy tells Mountain News they are getting reports of water line and gas line breaks in Hazard. If you suspect you might have one in your area, call 911 or Hazard Police.

A church member from the Blackey Missionary Baptist Church tells us there is some damage at their church.

This is the second largest earthquake on record in the entire state of Kentucky, the other being a 5.2 in Bath County in 1980.

People 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.

If you have any reports of damage, please call our newsroom at 606-439-9968 or email us at newstip@wymtnews.com


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