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Experts contend that a recent Kentucky earthquake was not mining related

A University of Kentucky geologist says the recent 4.3 magnitude earthquake that rattled Eastern Kentucky over the weekend was too deep to have been induced by the region's underground mining activity. The epicenter was located about 10 miles west of Whitesburg, where underground mining and surface blasting is common. The head of Kentucky's Geologic Hazards Section said Saturday's quake occurred 12 miles below the surface, far too deep for mining to have played a role. The quake caused little damage but was felt in as many as seven states.

Filed under: Letcher Co. | Weather | Environment


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