Arkansas Earthquakes

U.S. Geological Survey

A 3.7 magnitude earthquake was felt early Thursday in north Arkansas. The U.S.Geological Survey says the epicenter was located 19 kilometers southeast of Gassville and felt by residents in Baxter and Marion counties.

No damage was reported, according to USGS geophysicist Julie Dutton. She says 387 people within a 100 kilometer radius contacted the agency to report feeling the quake.

Baxter County resident Carol Eberhard says she was awakened by the earthquake.


Arkansans are being asked to join others across the country as they participate in an earthquake drill.

The “Great Central U.S. Shake Out”, is one of many regional earthquake drills being held at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. The organization ShakeOut claims to have had over 43 million participants worldwide for the drills in 2015 and hopes for more this year.

Whitney Green, with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), said a geological fault line that runs under Arkansas makes it important for the state to practice preparedness.

More Small Earthquakes Reported In Central Arkansas

May 25, 2013

The US Geological Survey has recorded several small earthquakes in the Morrilton area  about 50 miles west of Little Rock.  The USGS reports that nine earthquakes ranging in  magnitude from 1.5 to 2.4 between shortly before 10:30 p.m.  Friday and 1:45 p.m. Saturday in the area northeast of  Morrilton.   Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are  generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that  damage is not a common until an earthquake is above  magnitude 4.0.