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Small earthquake felt throughout region

BY KATHLEEN FOX kfox@paducahsun.com

Residents in McCracken and other local counties reported hearing and feeling tremors from a micro-earthquake Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah.

Meteorologist Robin Smith confirmed a 2.6 magnitude earthquake struck nine kilometers east-northeast from La Center at 6:35 p.m. and lasted several seconds. The epicenter was near the intersection of New Liberty Church Road and Woodville Road, near the border of McCracken County.

He said the weather service received calls from residents in the immediate area, including McCracken County, Ballard County and Massac County, who reported feeling effects of the earthquake. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) received reports in Kevil, Paducah, West Paducah, Boaz, Hickory, Metropolis, Ill., and Golconda, Ill., of light shaking felt by residents, according to the USGS intensity map.

McCracken County interim emergency management director Doug Harnice said there were no reported injuries or damage to property as a result of the earthquake. Ballard County also didn't have any reports of damage or injuries as of Sunday night, according to emergency management director Travis Holder.

Smith said the earthquake was 0.1 kilometers deep, which is fairly shallow. Earthquakes that register around a 2.0 magnitude are quite common along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, with between three and four per year and frequently tremors are only felt around the epicenter. He said a 1.2 magnitude earthquake was reported in New Madrid, Mo., on the same fault line two days ago.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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