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. jj

    @teepee Evolution isnt an excuse to not believe in god but good ole rational thinking and logic is a much better excuse.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. mizh

    @ArkansasSUCKS: Your post shows how biased you are, not to mention ignorant. My sisters and mother live in Arkansas and are more educated than you'll probably ever be. There are less-fortunate and less-educated people in every state — posts like yours are just blatant stereotyping. As long as there are wallyworlds, people will go there. duh

    February 28, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Justme

    Well I guess the s*#ts about to hit the fan.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. SF, Ca.

    What Arkansasians need to know that back in 1812 one of the biggest earthquakes hit New Madrid MO which borders Arkansas...that fault hasn't shook violently for 200 years....scary to think about that 2012 is just around the corner...were the mayans right? eeek!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kacy

    @ Loreeeee...Northeast Alaska???? AR is Arkansas...AZ Is Arizona and AK is Alaska...

    February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hello 9

    To all of you bible thumpers out there. The world did not come to an end when Arkansas suffered the huge quake in 1811-12. The course of the Mississippi was altered....

    February 28, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. CitizenDavid

    My bed was shaking last night, too. And I live in Florida.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. eugenia

    why did you take this entry down from the main website?

    February 28, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. tommy

    Arkansas is full of gay people, there is also a lot of blak motherfukkers

    February 28, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • shut up already

      Whatever poor geographic locale is unfortunate enough for you to live there has at least one freaking moron. I wouldn't dare generalize about your neighbors. They didn't choose you for your charm and intelligence! Give me the gay people and the blacks anyday!

      March 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jj

    2000 years of chasing taking its toll? I once got in a heap of trouble when my Grandmother, mistakenly took me to church and I asked about the dinosaurs. I find no problem with religion and most people that are truly religous are decent kind people. Problem is the bible is left open for interpretation which directly attributes to the tons of different churchs with slightly or not so slightly different beliefs. And the fools who wrote it didnt take in to account that it would later be translated, sloppily by translaters king james slave drove. Lost in translation maybe, but it doesnt matter it was just a book anyway. maybe not then but with the introduction of modern science it is. gotta give those fools credit for understanding human psych and putting in all those full-safes like faith and the devil. Any doubts? just have faith! Conflicting thought or veiws, THE DEVIL...yeah that just doesnt cut it anymore I cant and wont settle for that

    February 28, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      I have faith...I have faith in that there is no god...at least not one who apparently seems to care.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yoly

    All these are only birth pains.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • LaSallette

      the woman clothed with the sun, wailing with birth pangs

      March 1, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • ed

      Tectonic Summary

      Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York – Philadelphia – Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake. The earthquakes that do occur strike anywhere at irregular intervals.

      Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains, although less frequent than in the West, are typically felt over a much broader region. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at many places as far as 100 km (60 mi) 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 500 km (300 mi) from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage as far away as 40 km (25 mi).


      March 1, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      Honestly, what I love most about CNN suddenly making news of every earthquake (they tend to fly under the radar when one hasn't done something phenomenally awful), is all of the religious wingnuts flying off the handle. I mean, seriously - I genuinely LOVE watching you guys bombard the interwebz with your lunacy. In sad times like this, it brings a little light to the situation.

      Keep 'em coming folks. ^_^

      March 21, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ian

    Daaaa! I didn't know it was an earthquake but the earth was quaking daaaa... Please,, how about something more obvious.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ed

    Read the text of House Bill 2977 introduced October, 2001. This bill attempted to ban the use of tectonic weapons–weapons which can cause earthquakes. The HAARP program is thought to be an earthquake machine. Google the New Zealand earthquake and HAARP to learn more about this Dr. Strangelove experiment on mankind.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dogg

    Of course all the gas well drilling and fracking being done in the area has nothing to do with it. Just like it's had nothing to do with it everywhere else they've fracked wells and earthquakes followed.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. john

    Is'nt that the land of the Clintons?Hmmm

    February 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harley

      no, we shipped them off to New York and Washington....

      February 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
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