Central Arkansas Shaken By Earthquakes

November 23, 2010

Residents of Arkansas and other parts of the south-central United States may want to look into earthquake insurance if Saturday was anything to go by.

Central Arkansas was rattled by a series of earthquakes three days ago, including one with a magnitude of 3.9, though some reports said that it felt closer to 4.2.

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the 3.9 rating however, and also reported a number of other quakes centered near Guy, AR, with magnitudes ranging from 1.7 to 3.9.

The strongest of the temblors occurred around 1:00 in the afternoon, and was felt in the northwestern part of the state.

Fortunately, there was no structural damage, and no one was injured.

This is just the most recent in a series of earthquakes, the last of which were about a month ago. That last series didn’t have any quakes over 3.0, however.

Dr. Steve Horton, a research scientist from the University of Memphis, told the press at that time that Arkansas is getting a lot of unusual earthquakes. At that time, they’d logged more than sixty in the previous thirty days.

“In the New Madrid Seismic Zone there’s approximately 200 per year, so if we had that many in Central Arkansas in less than a month, something is going on,” said Dr. Horton.