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April 23, 2014

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The Earth Moved

Image from United States Geological Survey.

An earthquake of 4.3 magnitude rocked the region on Saturday at 12:08 p.m. It appeared to have had little impact on Greene County, except being "kinda scary," some local residents said. Indicated in the image with a star, the quake's epicenter was less than 50 miles from nearby Kingsport, Tenn.

Originally published: 2012-11-10 12:32:49
Last modified: 2012-11-11 22:03:48

BY BRIAN CUTSHALL, Online Director

7:13 a.m. Sunday:

A Saturday earthquake, with its epicenter about 46 miles northwest of Kingsport, rattled Greene County. The shake didn't seem to have much effect here, other than initial puzzlement and rattling. reported the incident within 20 minutes of its occurrence, including news details, interesting links to earthquake websites and comments from Greene Countians, many of whom thought their washing machines had gone "haywire," shaking their homes.

For our coverage from Saturday, click QUAKE, and be sure to read Monday's Greeneville Sun for even more detail from reporter Ken Little.

7:56 p.m. Saturday:

For more info on earthquakes, click Center for Earthquake Research and Information.

7:15-7:30 p.m. Saturday:

"We felt the earthquake," wrote Darla Lane of Old Stage Road to "We thought it was just the washer shaking our bed and couch. We live in apartments, and my husband said our apartment was all concrete."

Sharon Miser of Love Street, Greeneville, wrote, "I felt the earthquake. It shook me in my chair. I had some blankets folded up on the foot stool beside me, and they were shaking. At first I thought it was the washing machine spinning, but I did not have anything in the washing machine ... It scared me!!! I finally looked at the Greeneville Sun website to confirm it was an earthquake."

Amanda Preston of Greene County wrote, "My husband Rocco and I were sitting in our living room, when suddenly our wood-burning stove's glass door started rattling. Then we noticed the windows starting making quite a bit of noise. We both stood up knowing there was something wrong. We stared at each other, while we waited for our house to stop shaking and making noise."

For more than 20 comments on the earthquake, go to

12:47 p.m. Saturday

An earthquake of 4.3 magnitude shook the region at 12:08 p.m. today (Saturday), according to the United States Geological Survey.

The epicenter was eight miles west of Whitesburg, Ky., and 46 miles north-northwest of Kingsport.

Greeneville and Greene County residents reported feeling the shake.

"My house rattled," said Deborah Cutshall, of the DeBusk community of Greene County. "I felt it, and my cats started running through the house like crazy. It was scary."

For more information, click USGS.

12:27 p.m.

A 4.3 Magniture earthquake just shook the region.

The epicenter was 46 miles northwest of Kingsport. It happened at 12:08 p.m. We'll have more details shortly.


Call for photos and stories:

Did you feel the quake? What was it like? Do you have any related photos? Please email your comments and/or photos to, and we may use them in our coverage.

Please include your name, address and phone number.

Also contributing to this report were Rebecca Garay-Leon and Jim Kidd, both of Jones Media Inc.

For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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