February 28th, 2011
09:20 AM ET

4.7-magnitude earthquake hits central Arkansas

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck central Arkansas just after 11 p.m. Sunday (12 a.m. ET Monday), the United States Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake's epicenter was 37 miles from Little Rock, Arkansas, USGS said.

CNN affiliate KARK received calls from a number of viewers who reported feeling the impact of the quake and seeing items on their walls shake.

More than 700 quakes have hit central Arkansas since September.

Why is Arkansas having so many quakes? Scott M. Ausbrooks of the Arkansas Geological Survey tells KARK's Gary Dee the latest quakes are on a previously unknown fault.

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  1. manny296

    Arkansas is lucky however California should brace for the big one soon because in the last two years all of the ring of fire area has had very powerful earthquakes. North America and California is the only area who did not have any earth quakes.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • stwebb

      6.0 in Chile

      4.7 in Arkansas

      me no doomsayer, but store some water, dry goods, canned food, weapons, ammo, gold in 1/10 ozs, and prepare for the end of the world.

      call me stupid, fearful, etc etc etc

      but the shot is about to hit the fan

      February 28, 2011 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • prof542

      ummm 7.0 in southern Cal./Northern Mex in April.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
    • People!

      That wasnt an earthquake in Arkansas, it was a huge meth lab that blew up. On a more serious note, there sure are an awful lot of doomsday people on here today, geez!

      February 28, 2011 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      why do I need gold if the world is about to end? just too many greedy people in this nation...

      February 28, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Momma Zonie

      Just so the Yellowstone Caldera doesn't get really ticked and decide to blow. If that happens, we can all Kiss our *** Goodbye for many years.

      February 28, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
    • AmandaMae

      Uhm... Yes, just forget Washington out of that WHOLE statement... Yep... Washington doesn't sit on some of the most active and potentially most volatile fault lines within the entire ring of fire... oh wait, yes, YES it does. Ten years ago TODAY Seattle had a 6.8 magnitude earthquake. Yep, yep. It may be moderately quiet around here this days seismically, but Washington is JUST as prone. Sorry if I sound awful or whatever, it's just, California isn't were all the "big" American earthquakes happen.

      February 28, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • AsayaYeahyas

      yes, make sure you stock up on plenty of gold. because if it is the end of the world gold will be very handy:P If you could go back thru my post I said there was going to be an earthquake here when all the animal die offs happened. Nailed it. But seriously doomsday seems real to the ones close to the disaster. Elsewhere it is just, Sh!t happens.

      February 28, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • duhlinduh

      I can't afford 1 oz gold, but I can afford 1 oz silver... which I have been purchasing a little each month. Better to be prepared than not to be.

      February 28, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Analogguy

      It's more than likely related to hydraulic fracturing in the Fayetteville Shale Area; an economic boon but an environmental question mark. Since this activity began these tremors have occurred with greater frequency.

      February 28, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Arkie

      Maybe Arkansas was upset about True Grit and Winters Bone being snubbed at the Oscars.

      February 28, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • bam

      the ring of fire indonesia area has absolutely nothing to do with California. regardless San Andreas is way past its normal activity. You might as well note the space shuttles astronauts are going to space walk today and therefore california will have an earthquake soon.

      February 28, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • declaytor

      These earthquakes are happening because there are too many people on the planet, thus the earth can't handle all of the weight. Oh yeah, global warming is probably a major cause as well, I don't know how but i'm sure someone on the liberal left can explain it all for us.

      February 28, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Stymie

      Time to move out of California. The Big one is coming soon.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      Yes...STWEBB...I will call you stupid. Great grammar too. We've known Arkansas had faults, aside from the brother/sister stuff...that relate to earthquakes.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Overby

      Why don't you actually read this article...North America has had hundreds of earthquakes and it says Arkansas has had 700 earthquakes just since Sept. The biggest EQ ever recorded in the USA was in Arkansas and Missouri in 1811-1812 on the New Madrid fault, forcing the Mississippi to run backwards, so Arkansas isn't so 'lucky' as you say.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Shawn

    The earthquakes in central Arkansas have been building up over the past year. There have been hundreds of them. This one was definitely much bigger than the typical quakes of late. It was felt as far away as Northwest Arkansas and Memphis.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinking7

      You're right – they have been building up. I've been watching that, too.

      If you check out geo-changereport.org you will see the earthquake, volcanic activity, and tsunami trend charts. Well recognized universities and research facilities from all over the world are part of this group. From the way it has been going, we're in for some big stuff. After you take a look at that, do a search for Divine Mercy Message and read about it. Then, research the three days of darkness. The signs are here. Those who choose to look at these sites with an open mind will be better prepared.

      February 28, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • tjc360

      thinking 7 and the rest of the doomsday nuts, keep doing that research for us, and keep us updated. UmmmK?

      February 28, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. mcr6468@hotmail.com

    The` big one for California is coming, and Yellow stone is going to blow one day soon also...... America is going to be shaken and baked at the same time.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • HP2011

      That's really scary. I actually believe what you're saying will happen sooner than anyone can expect.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Duke13

      So the western U.S. will be called "Shake 'N Bake".

      February 28, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. yeah

    yeah, california should get ready for the big earthquake, it's on it's way sooner than expected.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. 12-21-12

    sleep with your socks on and your shoes next to your bed

    flashlight, keys, important papers, etc

    it's coming sooner than you think

    the boogie man is next to your bed

    get ready

    here he comes

    call me a crank if you want

    February 28, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
    • 12-21-12

      How am I prepared?

      Well, I live in a tsunami zone (Venice Beach, CA)

      I am ready right now to run to my Mustang GT and speed to higher ground (if the streets aren't ripped open)

      that way i won't be drowned to death

      being crushed seems nicer

      but this big blue marble is just floating in space

      you better believe in something or someone

      God save my soul

      I'm sorry for my sinful nature

      please help me to die a less painful death than being drowned, crushed or worse in this end of the world time

      WE ARE IN TROUBLE!!!

      February 28, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Have you ever read how many times this type of doomsday theory has happened.. We've been waiting for the end now for over a thousand years... Did you ever think that maybe, just maybe it will never come.. And a side note, please whatever you do, don't teach your children this nonsense !

      February 28, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Something

      I'm confused. I thought that you believers were supposed to look forward to the happily-ever-after great beyond? Why all the fear, and efforts to escape it?

      February 28, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      drowning isn't so bad...probably less painful than being crushed to death...

      February 28, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • JB

      where are you driving to?

      February 28, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • MrEee

      It's not just that 'doomsday' doesn't come, but people always want to turn some natural event into 'the end times'. 1st off, as pointed out, there have been doomsday cults / end of times fanatics for thousands of years over thousands of events, whether it's a comet coming, the end of the _first_ millennium, various people waiting for messiahs/prophets / whatever. And when it's wrong, it's – oh yeah, well, I misread that text, it's really going to be in another 5 or 10 years.

      Look, if we get nailed by an asteroid or Yellowstone blows up, it's because... uh... these things have happened in the past and will happen again. There's no mystic 'judgement' being called down on mankind – or do people think dinosaurs were 'sinners'? Sorry, there were no dinosaurs, that's just part of god's way of tricking us in to sinning or something, right? Insane.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joshua_me

    Must have knocked over a lot of stills and out houses....

    February 28, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
    • jeanie_rebel

      You are to funny!!!!

      February 28, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Ruby

      LOL! The small businessman hardly has a chance these days.

      February 28, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Atsnum

    No, times not up yet, did u read bible, you wont know, till its to late

    February 28, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • 12-21-12

      And you know there's more than 1 second left how?

      February 28, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      well, for starters, its 8 hours later now so I like my chances.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. johnessj

    i live in cali, a stone throw a way from some water !! well we're due for a big shake up, i could move to the east, but why should i and miss out on a world changing event : )

    February 28, 2011 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    Hey Ruff,you Ok ? arent you from around there ?

    February 28, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Theman

    Joahua that was childish.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Buzz

      Perhaps, but probably true....meth labs & whacko churches too.

      February 28, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. hahaha

    haha look at all these doomsday hippies on this board.... gimmme a break, if you uneducated fools knew anything u would know one of the biggest quakes in history happened in missouri of all places.. yeah yeah cali will have a large earthquake soon and unless u live in a brick building u have absolutely nothing to fear... maybe power out for a few days and need to stock up some water and unperishable food, but common people crawl back into your cave

    February 28, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • littler rock

      Doomsday Hippies? What are you talking about? Most hippies I know don't think about the doomsday. They dance around, have a general good time, and don't take showers. All the doomsday types I know campaign for Ron Paul. It's funny to me how right wing people have adopted a new meaning for the word hippie to mean anyone they don't like. I guess that's just the evolution of slang. Or, were you referring to some comic book character. Doomsday Hippies vs. Superman. I don't think that battle would last very long. Anyway, does the New Madrid fault run through Arkansas? What fault line are we talking about here?

      February 28, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Loreeeeeeee

      Littlerock, yes the New Madrid faultline (actually a series of faultlines) runs through Arkansas. It runs from Northeast AK, through Missouri and into Illinois. The last time it blew, the mississippi river ran backwards, and the huge reelfoot lake was formed. That was 1811-12.

      February 28, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Loreeeeeeee

      Last time it blew meaning a really big earthquake. There are little earthquakes on a regular basis in the region.

      February 28, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Ellen Light

      All the hippies that I ever knew were quite into bathing...myself included...I never understand the dirty hippie thing. I never knew a dirty hippie and I knew plenty of them ???

      February 28, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • digibug

      @Loreeeeeeee, it's AR..Arkansas..not Alaska dear

      February 28, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. bestever2682

    I felt it, because I live in central arkansas, they were about 15 miles from where I live

    February 28, 2011 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Arkie

      Rattled my house in North Central Ark about 50 miles from Missouri Line.

      February 28, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sherri

    Thirty-seven miles in which direction? North of Little Rock? South? It doesn't say. Or I've missed it. Does anyone know?

    February 28, 2011 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
    • steph

      Its north of Little Rock, around the city of Greenbrier.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Subhuman Troll

    hahaha is such an idiot. Tell everyone in Haiti they didn't need to fear earthquakes unless they lived in brick buildings. What an uneducated fool. Also, it shows how old you are when you write "u" for the word "you" and it's not in a text message on a cell phone.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. sandy

    The New Madrid Fault in Missouri runs far, wide and deep! Some say it is very serious! i grew up in so. ill. quakes and tremors were, not common, however, frequent! Makes me concerned.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      That's true but these earthquake swarms are not happening along the NewMadrid fault. This is one of the things that are puzzling the quake experts is why here?

      February 28, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
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