Earthquake Rattles Region 8

February 10, 2005--Posted at 6:30 p.m.

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS-- A 4.2 quake rattled Region 8 this morning, and residents can't stop talking about it.

All looked calm in Northeast Arkansas, but this morning the earth was anything but quiet.

April Hawkins of Mandalay says, "Before I felt anything, I just heard a boom, like a roar, a boom!"

It was a wake-up call that shook Region 8.

"My wife, she jumped up and said, 'earthquake,' and I said, yeah, either that or a truck hit the house one cause the bed was shaking," Ben Davis of Manila says.

"I could see the walls and things shaking, and I seen my deer old cat jump out the window," Donald Hampton of Manila says.

Most residents weren't worried by the rumble. They say that there was simply nothing they could do.

"If it's a tornado, I can go to the storm sellar, but what are you gonna do about an earthquake," Hampton asks?

When you live on the New Madrid fault, they say, you should expect the unexpected.

The epicenter of the quake was just south of Milligan Ridge. They say it was felt from as far away as West Tennessee and the Missouri Bootheel.

"It just felt like this big vibration machine under my house. The floor was shaking and it was really kind of scary," Craig Russell of Manila says.

It was an earthquake strong enough to shake six states, and it will never be forgotten.

"It felt like a semi going through my house. It was rumbling and then all at once it just went pow," Robin Toombs of Caraway says.

"I've never been in one before so now I know what it's like. I can't imagine the really big ones," Russell says.