Faulkner County residents had a shaky start to their Monday morning as a 4.0-magnitude earthquake rattled throughout the county.
The quake, which occurred at 8:33 a.m. and was centered two miles southeast of Guy, was just one of 48 earthquakes reported since Wednesday afternoon.
All but three of the earthquakes were recorded within three miles southeast or south-southeast of Guy. Wednesday afternoon’s quake and two quakes on Thursday were reported east-northeast of Guy.
According to Shelia Maxwell with the Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management, the U.S. Geological Survey is looking into the recent earthquake activity in the area.
“We’re having them (earthquakes) in places we’ve never had them before,” Maxwell said. “The USGS is looking into why we’re having them and why there have been so many.”
Four more quakes followed Monday morning’s 4.0 earthquake, ranging in size from 1.6 magnitude to a 3.5 magnitude at 11:06 a.m.
The recent string of earthquakes began with a 1.7 magnitude quake at 12:11 p.m. Wednesday two miles east-northeast of Guy.
Four quakes with magnitudes between 1.1 and 1.8 were reported between 3 and 6:17 a.m. Thursday two miles south-southeast of Guy.
A 2.5 magnitude earthquake registered at 6:20 p.m. Thursday one mile southeast of Guy, a 1.7 magnitude quake occurred at 7:14 p.m. three miles east-northeast of Guy and a 1.8 magnitude earthquake was reported at 9:24 p.m. two miles east-northeast of Guy.
Friday saw 17 earthquakes, including a 3.0 magnitude, between 1:06 a.m. and 11:41 p.m. within three miles southeast and south-southeast of Guy. Thirteen quakes registering between 1.2 and 2.0 magnitudes led up to the 3.0 earthquake at 11:13 p.m. one mile south-southeast of Guy. Three more quakes followed in the next 28 minutes with magnitudes of 1.8, 1.4 and 2.0.
Saturday’s four earthquakes ranged from 1.1 to 2.6 magnitude and occurred between 12:01 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. two miles south-southeast of Guy.
Another 3.0 earthquake was part of 14 quakes reported Sunday. The 3.0 magnitude quake was felt at 7:48 a.m. Sunday southeast of Guy. Nine quakes with magnitudes of 1.5 to 1.9 were recorded between 12:12 a.m. and 7:26 a.m., while four quakes registering between 1.5 and 1.7 magnitude occurred between 8:22 a.m. and 6:08 p.m. Sunday. All of Sunday’s quakes were reported within two miles of Guy.
Monday morning’s 4.0 quake was followed by a 2.5 magnitude jolt at 8:43 a.m. two miles south of Guy.
Maxwell encouraged residents who feel the quakes to report the information to the USGS or Arkansas Geology Survey.
Detailed earthquake information and links to report quakes can be found at www.usgs.gov or www.geology.ar.gov.
Maxwell said residents who may have safety concerns or who would like to learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake can contact the Office of Emergency Management at 501-450-4935.
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