4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kentucky felt in East Tennessee

4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kentucky felt in East Tennessee

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4.3 magnitude earthquake struck Whitesburg, Kentucky. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck Whitesburg, Kentucky. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
"I'm equally concerned about the foundation of this house being unsafe," Evans explained. "I'm equally concerned about the foundation of this house being unsafe," Evans explained.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

WHITESBURG, KY. (WATE) -  A 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck Whitesburg, Kentucky just after noon Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In East Tennessee, the earthquake was felt for 15-30 seconds.

Whitesburg is about 145 miles northeast of Knoxville, where there were several reports of people who felt the quake.

The Claiborne County city of Tazewell is nearly 100 miles from Whitesburg. Tazewell resident Martha Evans showed 6 News places in her home where the trim had separated from the walls because of the shaking.

"This piece of trim came flying to the floor," said Evans, holding up a broken piece.

She thinks her walls have moved, and her entire mobile home has shifted an inch off its foundation.

"I'm concerned about other earthquakes. I'm equally concerned about the foundation of this house being unsafe," Evans explained about her concerns.

911 centers across the area took hundreds of phone calls from people concerned about what had happened.

USGS reports an aftershock of 2.5 magnitude hit outside of Hazard, Kentucky, at 1:37p.m. Saturday.

Residents in nearby Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia also reported feeling the quake.

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