National Weather Service confirms 4.3 magnitude earthquake - News, Weather & Sports

National Weather Service confirms 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kentucky

Posted: Updated:

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The National Weather Service confirms a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit Kentucky at 12:08 Saturday afternoon.

The epicenter was 8 miles west of Whitesburg, KY about 1.1 kilometers or 7/10 of a mile below ground. Whitesburg is just a few miles from the Kentucky, Virginia state lines.

Residents 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.

Several people in Louisville felt the quake, and called MetroSafe to see what was happening.
While it was one of the strongest to hit Kentucky, USGS geophysicist John Bellini says the quake is considered light.

No injuries have been reported, however some buildings near the epicenter were reported to have some cracks.

Copyright 2012 WAVE News. All rights reserved.