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Years Ago Today - on December 31st 1953 - An Earth Tremor Was Felt In
Many Perry Countians
were shaken by an
earthquake tremor which was reported to have extended from Middlesboro to
Harlan. Charlie Metcalf, WKIC Program Director, said he felt the
effects of the quake at his home at Woodland Park in Hazard. Metcalf reported
he was lying in bed about 8:30 p.m. when the "house started
shaking, the furnace came on, and a chest in the room started
quivering." Metcalf said he thought the furnace had blown up
and he ran to the basement to check the unit. When he could find
nothing wrong with the furnace, he said he returned to the room and the
"chest was still quivering." The tremor stopped shortly
thereafter. Other residents of Woodland Park reported that they also
felt the tremor. Mrs. Everett Bartlett reported that the earth
movement was felt at her home at Allais.
History repeated itself on November 10th 2012 when many people in East
Kentucky and beyond felt the effects of a 4.3 magnitude earthquake.
It was centered about 10 miles west of Whitesburg at Backey, near the
Virginia line. Residents in both states as well as West Virginia,
Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia also
reported feeling the tremor.