The Arkansas Geological Survey will place the monitors throughout the state to improve measuring capabilities in areas between existing stations around the New Madrid Seismic Zone in Northeast Arkansas and those in Oklahoma.
"Although Arkansans may not think about earthquakes often, our proximity to the New Madrid zone makes them a realistic concern for our State," Governor Beebe said. "Our emergency responders already train and prepare for earthquakes. These seismic monitors will give us better information about the small tremors we experience now and help us prepare for stronger earthquakes that could impact Arkansas in the future."
The earthquake data collected by the new monitors will be shared with researchers and the public on a regular basis. The Geological Survey will also post updated maps of recent seismic activity online.
"They all shook us, and then it sounded like a large explosion, and then a shockwave right after."
“I was sitting on the edge of a recliner, and it knocked me over and I almost sat on my dog; that's how strong it was," said Parker.
In the last month there have been at least five earthquakes in Hot Spring and
It's unusual to have so many in such a short amount of time. So White teamed up with
"We're looking at finding out what's going on, what's going on to the public," said White.
Prior to last month's tremors, the last earthquake was felt in 2001 and registered at a 3.2. The seismic monitors are on loan from the