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Earthquakes rattle part of Arkansas

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published June 11, 2017 at 8:34 a.m. Updated June 12, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.


The star on this U.S. Geological Survey map shows the epicenter of an earthquake Sunday morning.

This graph recorded by a station at the Ozark Folk Center shows an earthquake Sunday morning in Arkansas.

A 3.6-magnitude earthquake rattled parts of Arkansas and surrounding states early Sunday, and a second weaker temblor occurred a short time later. A third happened Sunday afternoon.

The first, strongest quake, which was centered about 5 miles north of Bergman in Boone County, occurred around 7:40 a.m.

By 1:45 p.m., more than 600 people in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennesee and Missouri had reported to the U.S. Geological Survey that they felt the shaking. Most categorized it as weak or light tremors, which are typically not associated with any damage.

Daniel Bolen, director of 911 for Boone, said his office fielded more than 40 calls Sunday morning.

"When it initially happened, all of our lines lit up," he said, noting none of the callers had experienced any damage.

Bolen said he didn't know at first what was going on.

"It shook the building and it sounded like loud thunder," he said.

The reports of shaking stretched from the epicenter into Northwest Arkansas and as far south as Little Rock and Jefferson County. At least one person reported feeling the shaking in the Memphis area.

The second earthquake registered a 2.4-magnitude. It occurred in the same area shortly before 8:30 a.m. By 1:45 p.m., only six people had reported online that they felt that quake.

The third and smallest quake was recorded as a 2.3-magnitude. It was recorded at 2:26 p.m., near the location of the other two quakes, about 5 miles west of Lead Hill.

Survey records show these are the first earthquakes of more than 1.0-magnitude in Arkansas since May 14, when a 2.4-magnitude quake occurred south-southeast of Marshall.

The first quake Sunday was initially said to be a 4.0-magnitude temblor before being downgraded to 3.2. It was later revised back up to a 3.6.

Maggie McNeary contributed to this report.


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TravisBickle says... June 11, 2017 at 10:13 a.m.

It's those frickin' frackers!

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Torquodal says... June 11, 2017 at 11:18 a.m.

Possible, but that there's not a lot of fracking going on around there. htt p://ww w.drilling maps.c om/ ml#.WT1 Y9Wjyu70

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Toenails says... June 11, 2017 at 11:52 a.m.

I felt the earth move under my feet, i felt the sky come tumblin' down.

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LR1955 says... June 11, 2017 at 12:51 p.m.

I think the Lord is shaking the "hell" out of some of the inhabitants of that area.

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gagewatcher says... June 11, 2017 at 5:41 p.m.

I'm in Mtn home , AR and I remember the big one we had i the 70's cracked the ceiling of my house. made sure to have earth quake insurance ever since. I don't remember any fracking around here in the 70's. I thought it was the fault line we are on and the tectonic plates moving like they did when our continents were formed.

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TravisBickle says... June 12, 2017 at 9:56 a.m.

It's still in the general vicinity of the Fayetteville shale play?

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OKelley says... June 12, 2017 at 10:25 a.m.

It's The Russians. Trump ordered the Russians to scare the hell out of those hillbillies up in them there hills. Send in a special investigator.

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FireEyes says... June 12, 2017 at 10:53 a.m.

No fracking anywhere in this area. Lead Hill and Harrison are a good distance away from the shale layer. More than likely this is just another deep fracture line.

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