3.8 magnitude earthquake felt in Southern Kentucky

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WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - An earthquake hit along the Kentucky-Tennessee border Monday afternoon.

USGS Community Internet Intensity Map - The data has not been reviewed by a scientist (U.S. Geological Survey)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says the epicenter was near Fincastle, Tenn.

The agency upgraded the magnitude of the quake to a 3.8 Monday afternoon.

The earthquake could be felt in Williamsburg, Middlesboro, and Corbin, Ky.




A 2.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the same area on Sunday.

If you felt the earthquake click here to report it to the USGS.

The Kentucky Geological Survey says earthquakes occur frequently in Kentucky but go unfelt most of the time.

The Kentucky Geological Survey says the strongest earthquake recorded with it's epicenter in Kentucky was the Sharpsburg earthquake of July 27, 1980, in Bath County.

The magnitude-5.2 quake caused about $3 million in damages about 30 miles away in Maysville.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports 59 homes and 27 businesses sustained major damage in Maysville and 210 homes and 10 businesses sustained minor damage.

What to do if you feel an earthquake:
If you are inside: Drop to the floor and take cover under sturdy furniture or against a supporting wall. Cover your head and stay in place until the shaking stops.

If you are outside: Do not run toward buildings. Instead, move away from them. If you're in your car stop driving and wait until the ground stops shaking before you continue to drive.

You can find more information on earthquakes in Kentucky below.

Earthquakes in Kentucky by WKYT on Scribd


(U.S. Geological Survey)


 
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