3.8 earthquake strikes central Arkansas
February 17th, 2011
06:53 AM ET

3.8 earthquake strikes central Arkansas

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck central Arkansas on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

The agency put the quake's depth at four miles and said it was centered about four miles from the town of Greenbrier.

It was the third quake above magnitude 3.2 in the area in the past 24 hours.

Last October, a 4.0 quake stuck the same area as Thursday's temblor.

At that time, officials said they were investigating what could be behind a series of 500 quakes in under a month.

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  1. Adam

    Doomsday is closing in.

    February 17, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      I have goosebumps, people.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • WookaWooka

      I have goosebumps too... great books

      February 17, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Name*Guest

    Isn't this the same state where the birds and fish just died?

    February 17, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • JFWilder

      It was probably fumes released from Granny Clampette's still.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      Always remember, folks. You heard it first from Charlie.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. motherof5

    Its not the end of the world, we have had tectonic activity on this planet for millions of years. Its a better thing that they are having so many small quakes since that fault system hasn't had a major slip in quite some time, its helping to reduce the "pressure" so to speak.

    February 17, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      This marks the last day of the United States of America. And, by tomorrow, all of mankind. And we will be visible from the Milky Way as a tiny little puff of smoke. I'm watching the earth crumble before my eyes. The giant ash cloud created by this super-volcano will first envelop Vegas and then St. Louis and then Chicago and then, at long last, Washington, D.C. will have its lights go out!

      February 17, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pawel

    connection to the Sun explosion?

    February 17, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • motherof5

      "Normal" Solar flares have no effect on the tectonic activity, but only can have effects on technological activities, that is when the conditions are just right. Now I am interested in the pending pole switch seeing that the airport in Florida already had to re-do its runway markers. I will be watching closer to end of 2012 for the possible sudden pole switch that could have catastrophic events take place. But I urge everyone to look at the facts and past events and take all into consideration before going crazy with the end of the world claim.

      February 17, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      Kind of galling when you realize that nutbags with cardboard signs had it right the whole time.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. EH

    I am so glad this news made the headlines, and by glad I mean disappointed. This information is trivial at best.

    February 17, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      They're building spaceships, man.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. yo

    What if there is a sinkhole underneath the middle of the united states and all these tiny earthquakes are signs the top of the sinkhole (Arkansas and other states surrounding ) is about to collapse?

    February 17, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • motherof5

      Yeah, that's a possible scenario with a lot of evidence to back it up...*rolls eyes*

      February 17, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      Get them out of Yellowstone. It's gonna get ugly up here.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. josue salinas

    good luck.

    February 17, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      Hey, have a safe trip.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. useless article

    This is not even news ... what a waste of bytes and electrons.

    February 17, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • GrimShaw

      if your ass lived there you'd think it's news..

      February 17, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • motherof5

      Yes, even when I lived in Oklahoma a small earthquake was for some reason a huge deal... I grew up in California with earthquakes, no biggie.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      Put me down for three.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Snow Bound

    3.8 Seriously?
    Did somebody fart?

    February 17, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      Folks, did you hear that? The authorities in L.A. say there's nothing to worry about. I'd love to see their dumb faces when Malibu and Beverly Hills get sucked into the gurgling maw of the Pacific. Where are they going to plug in their electric cars then? Ha, ha, ha.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. chris

    Just think, the falt line that the quakes are happening on, also have a volcano sitting right under the capital of mississippi. I think that within the next twenty years it will make herself present.

    February 17, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      Better move fast, kid. The end is near.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • WookaWooka

      Didn't they make a movie about this idea of yours starring Tommy Lee Jones?

      February 17, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. momma

    i dont think its the end of the world just as we know it our planet is still young and is just changing again i think we will either evolve or die off like so many other spiecies has nefore us .

    February 17, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      I'm not scared. No more Pull-Ups.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. WVBird

    Look into the problem ..they are suspecting marcellus shale drilling..a dangerous exploitation of resources that can poison ground water- coming to your state soon

    February 17, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      Not good. That is not good.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. JFWilder

    It's simply amazing some of the illogical responses and totally uneducated guestimations going on here as to what is causing this. Weren't any of you paying attention in science or geography class? Don't contribute if you are just guessing.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      Six months ago, I was made aware of a situation so devastating that, at first, I refused to believe it. However, through the concerted efforts of our brightest scientist, we have confirmed its validity. The world, as we know it, will soon come to an end.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. AMERICA 1st

    Was it enough to knock over the outhouse and the outdoor fridge?

    February 17, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      ...both of which you will need if the New Madrid Fault Line does open...well, scrap the fridge...amazing how ostrich like some of you are...keep burying your heads in the sand.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      You're telling me that the North Pole is now some where in Wisconsin?

      February 17, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. miles

    yeah wilder what do they think this is, a democracy or something? sheesh....some people think we have freedom of speech...the nerve! (very noticable eye roll)

    February 17, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      Sir, you don't have the authority.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
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