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Minor earthquake felt around the Tri-State Saturday

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FOX19 has gotten a number of calls from people around parts of the Tri-state who felt an earth tremor at 12:08 p.m. this afternoon.

All reported feeling a slight tremor.

The National Earthquake Information Center is reporting an earthquake, currently reported as 4.3 on the Richter scale, in far southeast Kentucky.

University of Cincinnati Geology professor Attila Kilinc says the focus of the quake was roughly 20 kilometers below the surface.

Kilinc says earthquakes out West are caused by friction between geologic plates, but he says its a different story in this part of the country. "In the Eastern United States we don't have a plate boundary and that's why we do not quite well understand the sources of these earthquakes, but they do occcur and when they do occur a lot of people feel it.

Kilinc says that's because the underlying geology in the Midwest is fairly solid. "The rocks are not broken with as many faults as the Western United States and consequently when the earthquake occurs the vibrations of the ground is felt over a rather wide distance." 

Between calls from the public and those made to police dispatchers, people felt the tremor in locations including Camps Springs and Melbourne in Campbell County, Moscow and Milford in Clermont County, Mt. Orab in Brown County, and College Hill, Evendale, Eden Park, Oakley and Symmes Township in Hamilton County.

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