Second earthquake within a week shakes Kentucky

Published: Jan. 22, 2018 at 11:53 AM EST
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The US Geological Survey detected a 2.7 magnitude earthquake at 7:07 a.m. Monday nine miles northeast of Pineville, in Knox County.

This comes just two days after another 2.7 magnitude earthquake in northern parts of Garrard County, near Wilmore.

Many people in Garrard County said that earthquake sounded like a loud explosion going off with some minor shakes.

These same earthquakes were also picked up on Kentucky's Seismic and Strong-Motion Network, which is inside of the Mining and Mineral Resource Building at the University of Kentucky.

While these two earthquakes may seem uncommon, William Haneberg, the state geologist and director of the Kentucky Geological Survey, says earthquakes are very common in our state.

"In reality, earthquakes occur all the time," siad Haneberg. "Most of them we don't feel, even up to a magnitude three or so, and it would be kind of unusual for someone to feel, but we've recorded earthquakes almost every day in Kentucky, most of them far far too small to feel."

While these two earthquakes so close together in time, experts say there really isn't a close correlation to how soon another would happen around our region.