Earthquake In Southern Kentucky

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

People in one part of eastern Kentucky woke up to a strange feeling Tuesday morning.

Believe it or not, officials say there was a minor earthquake centered near Williamsburg.

It was enough to make for some scary moments for those who experienced it.

People across the mountains were expecting wintry weather this morning, but at six-twenty, people across Whitley County got something else.

One bus driver had just shut down his bus after hearing that school was called off.

“I turned the bus off and went back to bed, it hadn't been but a few minutes, and I felt a pretty violent shaking. It took a while, but I finally realized we had an earthquake,” Jimmy Perkins said.

The U.S. Geological Survey confirms it was an earthquake, measuring three point one.

Officials say the earthquake was centered just four miles from Williamsburg, which explains why so many people around here felt it.

Whitley County 911 dispatchers say they got several calls from people across the county who were trying to figure out what had happened.

But it is not unheard of to feel the ground shake, parts of Whitley and Knox County experienced a slightly larger earthquake, a three point seven, back in September 2004, that rattled homes, cracked walls and shattered lights.

You might also remember an earthquake back in April that occurred in Illinois that was felt across the eastern United States.

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  • by Dean Location: Kentucky on Jan 30, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    To A. I say God created everthing including the universe,the earth and yes even plate tectonics. He was the big bang, as scientist call it. He lets mother earth give off some stress every now and again to keep her from completely exploding. Haha
  • by A on Jan 30, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    Do you not realize that we sit on a fault line! and have you ever heard of plate tectonics? I guess they dont teach that one in the Bible!
  • by steve on Jan 30, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    Obama done this he was standing on a hill side with arms in the air and he was shouting out his economic plan and it scared the planet to death with all his koolaid drinking liberals lying around his feet. He was mad at us since he did not even take the time to campaign in KY and never won the state.
  • by Hahaha on Jan 30, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    Obama did this. Or Bush.
  • by fnord Location: Lexington on Jan 29, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    what a bully god would be if he just went around destroying things....
  • by me Location: at my house on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    you know i live in Leslie county across the hill i heard something that morning i just though it was throned or something it was not a loud sound i though it was weather related.
  • by William Location: seky on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:15 PM
    Here is the science of Jesus Christ
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    are you a scientist? gosh
  • by bob Location: hollywood on Jan 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    i have been covering your area alot see my site i have alot of preparedness supplies links and daily info focus onthe whole us
  • by Anonymous Location: Floyd County on Jan 28, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    This is to anonymous in Michigan. What does your comment suppose to mean? This may come as a surprise to you, but here in Kentucky we are educated people and believe in the power of our almighty God. This is a small comment compared to the one that I had in mind. Hope this helps you out alittle. May God Bless your ignorance.
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