Updated: Earthquake Rattles South Arkansas

    11:24 AM, May 16, 2007   |    comments
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    A small earthquake rattled the El Dorado area Wednesday morning, but no damage or injuries were reported. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) now says the small earthquake was magnitude 3.0. Initial indications pegged the quake at no more than a 2.5. The USGS says the quake was centered seven miles northeast of El Dorado and that the temblor had a depth of 3.1 miles. Gary Patterson is information Services Director at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information in Memphis. He says there are not many instruments to measure seismic activity in south Arkansas, so it was taking time to puzzle through data collected at more distant sites. Patterson says the quake occurred at 8:22 a.m. Union County Chief Deputy Jerry Thomas says he was outside when the quake struck and that the shaking lasted for about five seconds. He says he looked at a man standing next to him and said, "What in the world was that?" Then about 50 calls came in to the sheriff's department in the next five minutes. Thomas says there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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