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Update: 4.3 magnitude earthquake shakes East Tennesseans

4:20 PM, Nov 10, 2012   |    comments
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The United States Geological Survey reports an aftershock to the 4.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Whitesburg, KY around noon.

The USGS website lists a 2.5 magnitude quake hit about an hour after the first, 10 miles southest of Hazard, KY.

While the earthquakes occurred in Southeastern Kentucky, the USGS is reporting the effects were felt in at least three other states, including East Tennessee.  The WBIR newsroom was inundated with calls, emails, and social media posts from viewers who describe the tremors lasting for 15-30 seconds.

National Weather Service spokesman Jeff Carico said employees at the office in Jackson, which is about 60 miles northwest of Whitesburg, felt the ground shake for about 15 seconds. He said the office has gotten a multitude of calls, but so far no one has reported any serious damage.

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According to the United States Geological Survey, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit near Whitesburg, KY at 12:08 pm eastern time on Saturday. 

Whitesburg is about 144 miles northeast of Knoxville, in south eastern Kentucky.

All emergency calls in the Whitesburg area are being routed to Hazard, KY division of the Kentucky State Police.  A KSP spokesperson tells 10News no injuries have been reported so far, although they have received some reports of minor property damage.

This is a developing story.  10News will update information as it becomes available, and have the latest tonight on 10News at 6.

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