GREENBRIER, AR – A jolt and quick shaking Friday morning, a result of the strongest recorded earthquake in Central Arkansas in over 10 years and one of over 65 this week. They're all happening in the Greenbrier / Guy area.
You've heard about the earthquakes in Faulkner County, now you're seeing them too. These are the first images, and only FOX16 has them, of cameras rattling during this morning's strongest 4.1 magnitude quake in Greenbrier. At 2:13am, motion detecting cameras inside a convenience store turn on when the shaking starts. It lasts just under four seconds.
Steve Johnson's Woodbridge Subdivision is at the epicenter of this most recent wave of quakes.
"Well it sounds like a sonic boom, we shake rattle, rock and roll up here," Johnson says. "We never had any cracks in the pea gravel until six months ago.”
Now he says there are multiple cracks, getting worse everyday. While we talked about the damage of other quakes, the earth moved again at 12:50 pm
. Standing out here you can't feel it but the Johnson’s wife stepped outside and said “you could definitely feel it inside."
"We're just sitting here waiting for the next one," Johnson says. "We have no severe damage...yet."
While there has not been any substantial damage to the homes right around the epicenter of these most recent quakes, homeowners are concerned about long-term property values.
"Who is going to buy a house in the neighborhood where its all over the news we're having 4.5, 5 earthquakes on a daily basis almost?"
It's an unsettling issue everyone in this community just north of Conway is dealing with.
"I hope we don't get a big one because these houses are not built for earthquakes," Johnson says.
The Arkansas Geological Survey is looking into the cause of the quakes, studying to see if there is any connection to natural gas exploration in the area. Right now they don't know for sure but Scott Ausbrooks with AGS says it is possible, though unlikely, the area could see a quake as strong as a magnitude 5.0.