Over the past week, there have been more than 50 earthquakes in northern Faulkner county.
We thought weather was going to make headlines Sunday night, but once again Mother Nature had different plans.
Our news went on late Sunday night due to the Oscars so the weather portion of the newscast didn't end until shortly after 11 PM. Once I finished, our producer Shan, asked me to find out if we had a quake. I immediately opened my iPhone earthquake app and it showed a 4.7 just northeast of Greenbrier. I knew right away it was the biggest in at least 10 years and probably more. None of us at the station felt it and many of my friends and family in Little Rock didn't feel it as well. That must be due to the type of rock we are on in the city.
With phones ringing non stop in the newsroom, we went on the air with the quake details. The seismic zone in northern Faulkner county is the most active area for earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. since the 1980s. A couple of weeks ago, I talked to Arkansas Geologic Suvery's Scott Ausbrooks and he told me there's a 6 km fault in that portion of Faulkner county. To this day, it's still uncertain if and how disposal wells are playing a part in the recent ramp up in activity.
Anyway, the quake was felt all over the mid south, but as far as I can tell, any damage is very minor if any at all... mainly rattled nerves and many Arkansans wondering, WHAT'S NEXT!?
As far as severe weather, northern Arkansas experienced the strong thunderstorm winds and we escaped the worst of it.
|Seismic activity since 1990|
|Where it was felt|