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. Philip

    You are probably right, there is simply no reason to be alarmed. Conditions in the world are improving each year. Less people are starving. No new diseases on the horizon and science has found cures for most all of the current ones. Our leaders are becoming more and more honest and upright. We are even being nicer to one another as we drive our cars to and fro. We pollute less and less each year and it's just a matter of time before we clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. Our children are getting healthier each year, and we have amazing drugs that not only help maintain our health, but also help our brains ability to focus improve! Our food supply is secure and wholesome foods are readily available for all, and at reduced prices. Our financial system is bolstered by honest individuals who treat us fairly and our banks look out for us, not even considering making loans for luxuries we can't afford. Awe Yes! The future looks bright and clean. Isn't it wonderful.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      I met this guy at Yellowstone, this crazy guy, but he's been right about that's happened so far. And he says that the government is building these ships, spaceships, I don't know what, but something.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • motherof5

      You must be an american, since a comfortable lifestyle gos to the highest bidder, and the us has enough debt to make all that comfort available, for now. You don't read the foreign news tether, most of the world is facing famine and drought. Only in america would we be blind enough to assume since we are well everyone else must be too. Im done with this stupidity. Thank you to those of you intelligent folks on here who bravely fought against the stupidity, but it seems to be a loosing battle. Good luck y'all..... wait, we are missing something, I don't see anything here about god smiting the heathen devil worshipers, oh wait, I haven't waited long enough I guess... please, while you can people, go grab some of that debt the govt is getting into and use some cash for some smarts... get educated.

      February 17, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Charlie Frost

    Do not believe in something simply because you have heard it, Nima.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • yodaSez

      Charlie..u got my side hurtin with your dead -on excerpts form the Motion Picture '2010'...love ya humor Man!

      February 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 20 quakes in the past day.

    All three of the past 3.0 or > epicenters are all with in a 1/4 of a mile of a where there has been a natural gas drilling area. They say these aren't correlated but you have to be stupid to accept that drilling has zero effects. Earthquakes were not to prevalent in the area until recently; Since all the natural gas companies have came into this area. "What happens when we drill near a huge fault line?" Geee i don't know.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      I- I'm sorry. Who is this?

      February 17, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Germaine

    Please STOP quoting: 2012 !!!!

    February 17, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      You gotta just trust me on this, okay?

      February 17, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Germaine...I hear you. There are over a dozen ancient Mayan calandars that we have found. Why is all the focus on the one ending at 2012? @ 20 Quakes...good point. We like to blame the San Andreas faultline for LA's quakes, and you never hear of howw drilling operations in the LA basin might be at least partially to blame. The "HOLLYWOOD" sign sits on a hill that used to be the top of an 50,000 ' peak that settled over eons of time, allowing loose sediment to fill the area making it prime for crude oil to form and pool. We've been drilling in this area for about 100 yrs now. Why has there been no studies of how our drilling activities might be linked with EQ activity?

    February 17, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Frost

      That's right, Dr. Wilson. Without billions of dollars from the private sector, this entire operation would've been impossible.

      February 17, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jade

    It was big enough to blow up our stills!

    February 17, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Whoa, that's a big plane.

      February 17, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. DLR

    Another reason to google why, "Hell is An Awfully Big City"

    February 17, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      It's Russian.

      February 17, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. SHOOOOOO

    I just farted. Shoooooo : )

    February 17, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Where have you been all my life?

      February 17, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rodja

    Prophecies of the final days coming true. Imagine we had to immigrate to other countries as a result of a bigger disaster? I'm cool with any force that can reverse our military aggression and foreign policies. I'm sure we would learn how to live in harmony with the world.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • rock

      I'm so glad you said that and by glad I mean disappointed. You are exactly the kind of person this hippie culture listens to. I think you need to take you apple and your ideas and go live in the forest.

      February 17, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Flippitydoodah

    It's been fascinating to watch this develop for the last few months on USGS' website. It's just south of the Ozark uplift. That deep, though, is anyone's guess, as to what's going on down there. It could be a fault line that's part of the New Madrid system or even "bounce back" left over from the last ice age.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. JesusIsComingSoon

    These are the birth pains before the return of Christ. The signs are all written in the Word of God (Bible) ~Matthew 24, Mark 13, Daniel 12, Malachi 3 The Book of Revalation. Now is the time to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord. He loves you all dearly and doesn't want to see anyone leave this world without him. Jesus warned that the last days will be a time that the world has never seen before and will never see again.

    February 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mgb

      I knew it wouldn't be long before the nuts came out.

      February 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sjay

    I live about 20 miles south of this. The Greenbrier/Guy area has been experiencing this for a while. It's also where they're doing a lot of natural gas drilling. Authorities have been saying that their is no correlation, but when you're taking a resource out of the ground and then pumping the void with water or something else that has a different density than the resource it's going to cause some sort of disruption. They refuse to admit that.

    February 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sjay

      there* is no correlation. not their. :/

      February 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sophie

    It is not nuts to speak of what was prophesied about eons ago. When these prophecies were spoken The Christ did not elaborate on whether they would be caused by drilling, solar flares or any other activity of man. There is an interesting verse in Revelation that simply says, "destroy those that destroy the earth" . I'll leave it to the reader to discern this one!

    February 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    People of the United States of America.
    Just a thought.What if by pumping all the oil we do out of the ground around the world. the space the oil was in and is now empty which causes the ground to shift/collapse(Earthquake) because there is no liquid to fill the gap/float the above ground.What happens when your car engine is not lubricated,the motor will seize up.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. guest

    you people have been watching too many movies -.-

    February 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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