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Magnitude 4.7 earthquake hits Arkansas

Central Arkansas was rocked Sunday night when a magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck near Greenbrier. Just 18 minutes later, a magnitude 3.8 aftershock struck.
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GREENBRIER, AR – Central Arkansas was rocked Sunday night when a magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck near Greenbrier. Just 18 minutes later, a magnitude 3.8 aftershock struck. It is the strongest earthquake in that area since 1976.

Shelia Maxwell, the Director of Faulkner County’s Office of Emergency Management, says that there have been no reports of damages associated with the earthquake. “We all got a pretty good shake, but no reports of damage at this time.”

Conway Police received 51 911 emergency calls. Many of the callers were frightened when they were reporting the shaking. According to the USGS, the quake was felt in at least 10 other states surrounding Arkansas.

The 4.7 temblor is just one of hundreds of earthquakes in a swarm that began in September. Scientists at the Arkansas Geological Survey are studying swarm.

“Back in the 80’s we had something similar, a swarm called the ‘Inola Swarm,’” says Scott Ausbrooks of the Arkansas Geological Society.

Ausbrooks can not rule out drilling in the Fayetteville Shale as the cause of the earthquakes, “We are continuing to monitor the situation and were hoping we get some type of definite answers in next few months."

According to the USGS, the original quake happened at 11pm on Sunday about 4 miles northeast of Greenbrier. Earlier in the day, a magnitude 3.4 earthquake struck the area. That means three magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes hit within 15 hours of each other.

Viewers in the area say that the shaking knocked items off their shelves and/or pictures off their walls. Even as far away as Saline County, there have been reports of the quake knocking items off their walls.

On viewer who called in said the earthquake knocked over a birdcage, killing his parakeet inside. The man said the bird had been the family’s pet for 10 years.

Tammy Smith, who lives in Haskell, said, “I actually thought someone was in my house the shaking was so bad.”

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has suggestions about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake on their website.

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