Rash of Arkansas Earthquakes Occur Near Tip of Western KY

Monday, February 21, 2011
By Paul Martin

by Luke Short
ISurfHopkins.com

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY—In an Arkansas town around 300 miles from the tip of Western Kentucky, a rash of approximately 50 or more earthquakes have occurred since last Sunday, February 13th, with one measuring in at a whopping 4.1 on the Richter scale.

As members of the Arkansas Geological Survey have since stated, the majority of these disturbances are emanating from a city called Guy.

According to a report written by Barry Wright of Greenbrier, AR, this is a somewhat common occurrence for the area.

Geohazard supervisor, Scott Ausbrooks, explains to Wright that, “The last swarm [of earthquakes] lasted for about three years, but the first six months to a year was really intense.” This “swarm” occurred in 1982.

In addition, Ausbrooks states that since the recent onset of tremors in September last year, nearly 700 disturbances have occurred near the Guy area, with the largest (4.1 magnitude) occurring this past Friday morning. And while Ausbrooks is confident that none of the quakes have occurred along the New Madrid Fault Zone, scientists are currently unsure of what is, in fact, causing the “swarm” of activity.

Though this particular rash of activity has been taking place at a relatively safe distance from our community, it’s important to be prepared in the event of an emergency. In addition, evidence seems to suggest that there has been a slow rise in seismic activity near and in our region.

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