Morning Quake Rumbles Parts of Region 8

FEBRUARY 10, 2005 - Posted at 8:20 a.m. CST, updated at 8:49 a.m. CST

PARAGOULD, AR - The Earthquake Research Center at the University of Memphis has confirmed that a small earthquake struck parts of northeast Arkansas this morning.

Shortly after 8 a.m., the K8 newsroom was flooded with dozens of calls and e-mails from viewers, mostly from Greene and Mississippi counties, reporting shaking and rumbling lasting as long as two to forty seconds.  Other than a brief interuption of landline phone service in the Manila area, KAIT has received no reports of any damage.

Joan Gomberg with the UM Earthquake Research Center confirmed some sort of seismic activity for K8 News a short time later, but had no other factual information at this time.  However, Craighead County Emergency Services Director Jack Richardson told K8 News that he was informed by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management that the quake was a magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale, with its epicenter 16 miles north-northwest of Osceola.