Tremor from Kentucky Earthquake Felt in DeKalb County

November 10, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

A 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck eight miles west of Whitesburg, Kentucky on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The tremor was felt by many in DeKalb County.

"I had gone down the hallway to the restroom to brush my teeth and the floor started shaking under me," said Janice Zoller, who resides on Antioch Road in the Keltonburg area. "The things setting on the sink and on the back of the commode were shaking. I thought, my washing machine is really off balance, and then I realized I didn't have my washing machine on. I thought, this has to be a tremor from an earthquake somewhere because it was pretty shaky. It shook the whole floor under my feet. I was surprised. I think it lasted five or six seconds. It was enough that you really knew something was going on," said Zoller.

Barbara Noyola, a caretaker for a resident on New Home Road, said she also felt the tremor." I was sitting there in the chair and all at once the house just shook and the dishes rattled and it was very intense. It was like a hard shake. It was for two, three or four seconds. It just floored me because I've never experienced anything like that. It was scary," she said.

The epicenter of the shallow, light earthquake was 0.7 miles deep under the Appalachian Mountains town of Blackey, near the Virginia border, the agency said.

There were no immediate reports of damage in the eastern Kentucky area.

The tremor was felt from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Atlanta, Ga., USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso told NBC News.

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