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. RealMan

    You know when the world ends?? When you take your last breath. At that moment, your world has ended.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. old dude

    Time for some of you to take off the tinfoil hats and go to work/school, and/or counseling. 2012 was a fictional movie. If they Mayans could predict the end of the world, how did they miss the coming of the Conquistadors who in reality did end their world and way of life? Their world ended a few hundred years ago. There will always be natural disasters. Been happening since the birth of our planet, and will continue to its end. Overpopulation and pollution are the biggest threats to humanity's future. Well, that and morons who live like there is no tomorrow (i.e. Republicans).

    February 28, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinking7

      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 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. werewolf123

    Who been fracing around with Arkansas?

    February 28, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
    • artraveler

      It is called the Fayetteville Shale area and there are hundreds of well s that have been fracked. The issue appears to be two mountain plates, the Ouachata plate to the south is sliding under the Ozark plate. We have had swarms of earthquakes for a number of years before the Fayetteville shale work. In the late 1980s, it was the Enola swarm that included my area. Had one so close I actually heard the boom. Now the line has moved about 25 miles northward. although I felt the one last night. The earthquake epicenterlevel is below the "fracking level" and they are looking at the deep wells they use to pump salt water back into the ground. These are not part of the New Madrid fault that follows the Mississippi River on the west side.

      February 28, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Natch

    4.7?? That will barely rattle the glasses in your kitchen cupboard!!

    However, since the New Madrid fault line runs nearby, this could be a precursor for a major quake in the region. For those not familiar, the New Madrid fault line, when it last let loose a big quake, caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a short time, and caused a 10-foot waterfall to form (which later was worn back down smooth by the flow of water across it). That was back in the early 1800's.

    That fault should let go a strong quake every 100 years or so, according to earthquake experts. However, it has failed to do so in almost 300 years now. Imagine how much pressure is building up in that fault line??

    February 28, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    enough of the doomsday crap.
    Odds are, the quakes that keep hitting arkansas are man made. The searching for natural gas sources in Arkansas is destabilizing the fragile shale that the state is in. If it were a real quake, THAT one would of been felt as far as St. Louis, like when there was a similar sized one that struck near Evansville, Indiana.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. TrknFool

    Maybe with a little luck the "Big One" will push Ca to the ocean and and we wont have to worry bout the land of fruits and nuts and tree huggers!

    February 28, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • qballnv

      Spoken like a true dip stick moron who has probably NEVER been anywhere further than the county line. Contrary to all the ridiculous nonsense your redneck buddies have poisoned your head with, California will NOT fall into the ocean in the event of a large earthquake. And, just so you know, California's economy is larger than the entire country of France. Much of what you eat and use in your everyday life was probably manufactured or grown here. A lot of good people live here too, garden variety blue collar grunts and such. But you wouldn't know that cause' you're too busy courting your cousin, aren't you TrknFool?

      February 28, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chong

    Dave's not here man, I agree with Dave cause of the dreaded world ending Arkansas quakes are because they are displacing natural gas leaving a plenum, then the shale is filling back in. Here is a question that must be answered my doomsday friends.
    If you get divorced in Arkansas, are you still Brother and Sister?

    February 28, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
    • jeanie_rebel

      Just 'cause that is how it is in Chongville does not mean it is the same in AR. close maybe–but not the same-we have come up in the world–we are the home of Walmart after all.–you are such a 'goober'-

      February 28, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. peaceonearth



    February 28, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      Americans are so spoiled living the Am dream...Our minds are so corrupt with pleasure and extreme...we could never trully commit to what you are suggesting here...nice thought but wrong nation...

      February 28, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • qballnv

      Earthquakes are an entirely natural phenomenon, dipstick. In fact, they're a sign of a healthy planet. I would be more concerned if all seismic activity suddenly ceased. You and all the other apocalypse junkies out there need to embrace the fact that the earth was here long before you popped out of the womb and it will be here long after you're dead and gone. The earth was a very violent, inhospitable place in its infancy, and YOU just happened to occupy a space in history when the conditions are perfect for more complex forms of life (YOU and ME) to exist. That means earthquakes are going to keep happening, unless of course you would rather they cease and the real end comes.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. peaceonearth

    Search for HAARP!

    February 28, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. T

    Another quake again? That state must be the capital of hell for experiancing such hate of nature constantly.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. DDR

    It was felt in St. Louis, Get on USGS and see. We live in Southern Illinois and felt it.

    Some people are just too dumb to be allowed to own a computer.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. peaceonearth


    February 28, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      that's deep man.

      February 28, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    Its not the end of the worl, just corrupt politcs takeing its due course on citizens. I've been following these quakes, seems to be from fracking. No one listens to scientist studying the facts, just the CEOs who set the national policies (REMEMBER DEEPWATER-HORIZON?). One more case of why we need clean fuel.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Todd

    Mark 13:8 (King James Version)

    8For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      That's been status quo since we climbed out of the trees.

      February 28, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      climbed out of trees? evolution is an excuse for us to not believe in God...

      February 28, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • George Jetson

      Evolution is a theory, presented as a theory, with significant but incomplete evidence behind it. Religion is a belief system, presented as fact, with no tangible evidence behind it whatsoever.

      February 28, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mountainman

    As a student of Plate Tectonics, I realize that the Earth's crust is constantly moving. Two hundred years ago, the New Madrid escarpment was in Missouri. Now it's near Little Rock, in the state of Arkansas. Get ready for unbelievable

    February 28, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
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