Six-earthquake swarm rocks Arkansas, geologists say


Geologists detected a swarm of earthquakes rocking northeast Arkansas on Monday, June 6.

United States Geological Survey

A swarm of earthquakes rocked Arkansas early Monday, June 6, according to the US Geological Survey.

At least six earthquakes were detected in the same northeast region, the first kicking off seconds after 2 a.m., according to USGS data.

The first was a magnitude 2.4 earthquake, followed by a magnitude 2.3 earthquake about two minutes later, and a magnitude 1.9 earthquake after that, all 5 miles or less southeast of Williford.

At around 2:06 a.m., geologists detected an earthquake of magnitude 1.7, then magnitude 2.1 southwest of Ravenden, about 4 miles away.

All was quiet for just over four hours, until a final 2.0-magnitude earthquake began at 6:30 a.m. 5 miles southeast of Williford, the data showed.

Although the earthquakes were not particularly strong, several people reported feeling “weak” and “light” shaking at the USGS.

Some residents took to Twitter to see if others felt anything.

“We heard them and I felt them in Cherokee Village“, wrote a user.

“I was just woken up by my shaking bedwrote another, claiming to have felt the tremors all the way to Fayetteville. “Was it an earthquake???”

No damage was reported.

This story was originally published June 6, 2022 12:40 p.m.

Mitchell Willetts is a real-time news reporter covering the United States Center for McClatchy. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and an outdoor enthusiast living in Texas.

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