National Weather Service in Jackson responds to earthquake

JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - The quake was felt by meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Jackson, which is on top of a mountain. They say they had a busy afternoon right after the 4.3 magnitude quake rocked Eastern Kentucky Saturday.

"About ten after twelve, the phones started ringing, and we only had three people here at the time and we had like five lines ringing continuously, so just a lot of people wondering what had happened," said Tony Edwards with the N.W.S.

They say they have been busy passing along information coming from the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado. Although earthquakes are not usually associated with the eastern part of the country, geologists say they are not unheard of.

"There's a lot of earthquake activity, weaker earthquake activity on the New Madrid Fault, but this wasn't associated with the New Madrid Fault," says Edwards.

The quake registered locally on seismographs operated by the University of Kentucky's Kentucky Geological Survey.

"You can see this dark, this black line. About 12:08 it started going the shaking and it went on for several minutes and slowly tapered off," explained Edwards, pointing to the readout.

Aftershocks were recorded hours after the initial quake, but the experts say from what they have heard, the tremors did little more than give everyone a bit of a scare.

Experts say the geological makeup of the bedrock east of the Rocky Mountains helps transmit shock waves further, so even though this was a relatively minor quake, people in several states were able to feel the tremors.

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