Skip to comments.4.3 quake shakes tiny, tremor-plagued Arkansas town (700 temblors in the area)
Posted on 02/18/2011 6:04:51 PM PST by dragnet2
When Mark Barrett moved to Guy, Arkansas, he had no idea the tiny town of less than 300 was nearly as rocking as the Southern California community he'd left behind.
Six years and hundreds of seismic events later, Barrett says he's feeling it more and more.
Since September, seismologists have recorded 700 temblors in the area. The largest in the current swarm, a 4.3-magnitude quake, shook the town at 2:13 a.m. Friday.
The tremors appear to be rumbling through town with greater frequency.
The Arkansas Geological Survey has recorded 50 quakes in and around Guy since Sunday. That includes Friday morning's 4.3 window-rattler and three other lesser quakes that occurred within 20 minutes of each other around 11 a.m.
He also felt the half dozen lesser tremors that shook his house when he got home from work that night.
"They say that it's an area that, very probably, if it was going to have a big one, it would be one of these days soon."
That doesn't placate some residents, the police chief acknowledged.
"I've actually had people come out and say, 'I'm moving out of here. I'm afraid,'" he said.
Guy, which is 50 miles from Little Rock, is part of the New Madrid seismic area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
According to the USGS Earthquake Information Bulletin, a December 16, 1811, earthquake shook the Mississippi River Valley so severely that it woke sleepers as far away as Norfolk, Virginia.
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Didn't Arkansas just have a 3.6 yesterday?
“Whole lotta’ shakin’ goin’ on.”
I think so ... or 3.8 ... I remember reading the story yesterday but don’t remember the measurement.
Don't feel bad Mark...We have friends that moved from CA to North Carolina who had no idea the place was crawling with illegal aliens....
Increasing in severity might not be a good thing...
This will be the faux science to replace the global warming fraud.
All earthquakes are caused by fossil fuel extractions.
>”I’ve actually had people come out and say, ‘I’m moving out of here. I’m afraid,’” he said.<
Somehow, earthquakes don’t frighten me nearly as much as tornadoes do.
Ditto. I'm a native born Californian. I've felt many an earthquake. The '71 sylmar quake was the most violent I ever felt due to my location to the epicenter. But I would never trade places with someone in tornardo alley. I admit that it could have something to do with watching "The Wizard of Oz" at a young age. That tornado scared me to death.
There is a map, but scroll down to see the list of all the quakes in Arkansas.
The big problem is that on the New Madrid fault an earthquake which would transpose those numbers is a possibility. The quakes of the early 1800s were estimated at about 8 and if they happened today they would cause almost as much damage as Obama has.
It’s a full Moon!
I bet it’s the giant worms from the movie, “Dune.”
That’s very good. Maybe the town should start a Guy “Faults” day.
I’m not a Brit but I worked overseas with a lot of them.
“Since September, seismologists have recorded 700 temblors in the area...”
Personal vibrator sales have plummeted since September according to local merchants.
I have a FRiend who moved from Eureka Ca to Arkansas to escape the cool wet weather and the frequent earthquakes we have here. He sent me photos of him shoveling snow over his head last week and now this? I just sent him the link... snicker
Yes it did have a 3.6 yesterday. If you look up you will see we have a full moon. We are more likely to have earthquakes at the full and the new moon. The moon looks larger than usual. Is this atmospheric conditions, or is it actually closer in its eliptical orbit? Does anyone here know the answer? I would not be surprised if we have other larger than usual earthquakes elsewhere in the next several days.
Has Michelle Obama been there lately?
WOW, you must have lived in Sylmar.
I was in that earthquake as well.
I remember being out of running water for a week.
And no hot water for a week and a half.
But I’m with you, no tornadoes for me, either.
In fact, I remember people talking about other areas of the country at that time, they all had some form of “hazard” to live with.
Scientists estimate that the probability of a magnitude 6.0 or larger earthquake occurring in this seismic zone within any 50 year period is 25% to 40%. Such an earthquake could hit the Mississippi Valley at any time.
Unlike Hurricanes and twisters, with an earthquake at least your home and belonging are not blown into the next county...
Well, that’s not very encouraging...
Yeah I know. I’m only posting this next link for the map. There is a calendar on the right side of this site. Scroll down til you see the calendar and you will see the map. I’ve seen a couple of different maps that show very similar changes. What with the activity at New Madrid it makes you wonder.
No, I was in Alhambra, and I'm glad I wasn't any closer to Sylmar! I woke up to the bed moving across the room. I jumped up and ran for a doorway. It was the first time I ever felt the earth rolling under me, like being on a boat at sea. It's very disconcerting when the ground doesn't seem like a solid.
Came upon this.
Well, I remember as well how the earth rolled and jerked and the sound like a roar before it hit.
I was in Sylmar. I will never forget it.
And the shock of how that ground moved, something I had spent all my life thinking was sound, forever changed that day. Yes, indeed it did.
I'm glad I wasn't that close, but even so, I have also never forgotten it. I remember transformers blowing all over the place which only made it spookier. And even though we were pretty sure it was an earthquake, we had no confirmation for hours. We didn't have a battery operated radio at that time and no TV and cell phones were not even an option then and Al Gore hadn't invented the Internet yet ;-). We couldn't contact family to see if they were OK. For all we knew, we could have been nuked.
We had a small transistor radio. LOL, they had NO IDEA what had just happened. No news, no information, just, Hey we just had a little rumble, no big deal. I think it was after that earthquake that the gov put in the system to tell people in the news rooms, how big and where an earthquake was, when it happens.
Where I was, people thought we were being bombed. I knew it was an earthquake because I had recently been reading about the San Francisco earthquake in the early 1900’s.
My mom had been going to CSUN at the time. Only half the class showed up, and some had tests that day. Nobody knew how bad it had been.
So long ago now, eh?