Earthquake rattles Tri-State

Published 12:58 pm Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Tri-State was shaking Saturday afternoon after an earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale occurred at approximately 12:08 p.m.

The epicenter was at Whitesburg, Ky., — near the Virginia and Tennessee border — about 110 miles southwest of Charleston, W.Va.

Residents across southern Ohio and the entire Tri-State took to Facebook and other social media Saturday afternoon to talk about it, according to the United States Geological Survey.

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According the USGS, earthquakes like this are fairly common. A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at as far away as 60 miles or more from where it occurred, and it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake usually can be felt as far as 300 miles from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage as far away as 25 miles.