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Earthquake hits eastern Kentucky

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An earthquake hit eastern Ky. on Nov. 10 around 12:08 p.m.

The epicenter of the earthquake was about eight miles west of Whitesburg, Ky.

According to the USGS initial report, the earthquake was a 4.3 magnitude.  According to the USGS, shaking was felt as far north as Ontario, Canada.  

The USGS says, most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes.  Most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake.

The earthquakes that do occur strike anywhere at irregular intervals.  

Earthquakes everywhere occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles deep. Most of the region's bedrock was formed as several generations of mountains rose and were eroded down again over the last billion or so years.

The last earthquake reported in eastern Kentucky, magnitude 2.3, was on October 8, 2012.  This earthquake is the second strongest earthquake in Ky. history.  The strongest was a 5.2 that hit Bath County in 1980.

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