It’s unlikely many people felt it, but a small earthquake impacted an area of western Kentucky early this morning.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a 2.5 quake was centered about eight miles west of Owensboro around 1:16am.
The epicenter location is unusual in that it is not extremely close to the New Madrid Fault, where dozens of small quakes are recorded each week.
The USGS website asks residents to report if they felt the quake and so far responses have come from Trenton, Owensboro and areas of southern Illinois and Indiana.
The news will likely make many residents think about the possibility of “The Big One” similar to the great quakes of 1811 and 1812 that rang church bells as far away as Washington D.C.
Kentucky Geological Survey Technology Transfer Officer Mike Lynch recently addressed that very topic at a meeting of the Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council and said the commonwealth once believed “The Big One” was likely if not iminent, but has since turned much of its attention to preparing for disasters such as tornadoes and floods.
Lynch estimated the likelihood of an extremely large quake in the area over the next half-century at or less than 10 percent.
If you felt the tremor, go to the WHOP Facebook page and share your experience along with your home town.
A young woman was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a vehicle versus ambulance wreck on Tiny Town Road last night.
Clarksville Police say a Montgomery County EMS ambulance driven by 26-year old Jessica Hawkins was eastbound on Tiny Town around 8:15 with lights and sirens activated.
A news release says 21-year old Linh Do was driving a small car was in the eastbound center turn lane of Tiny Town and turned into the path of the ambulance. Ms. Hawkins reportedly tried to avoid a collision, but was unable to do so and the two vehicles collided at the Barkers Mill Road intersection.
The woman’s car struck a curb, went down an embankment and hit two parked vehicles in an apartment complex parking lot. Do was flown to Vanderbilt and is in stable condition, while Ms. Hawkins and her co-worker went uninjured.
The ambulance was not transporting a patient at the time of the wreck.
A Hopkinsville utility company recently received a national award.
Hopkinsville Electric System, including its telecommunications subsidiary EnergyNet Services, has earned the American Public Power Association’s Electric Utility Safety Award for safe operating practices in 2011.
The local utility company earned the third place award in the category for utilities with 60,000 to 109,999 worker-hours.
More than 275 utility companies entered the annual contest, which has been held annually for the past 52 years.
Police believe this man seen in surveillance footage from Monday night is the same guy who robbed Great Clips Tuesday evening.
Hopkinsville Police believe the man who robbed a North Main convenience store Monday night is the same guy who robbed a Fort Campbell Boulevard business last night.
Officers were called to Great Clips at 4154 Fort Campbell Boulevard around 8:54pm to the report of an armed robbery. The female victim told police the white male suspect was wearing an inside out gray hoodie, toboggan and gray sweatpants.
He also had shoulder length brown hair and a scruffy beard, just as the man who robbed the Kangaroo Mart Monday night. Also like Monday night, the suspect used a knife to rob the business and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Crime Stoppers Tipsline at 887-TIPS.
Hopkinsville City Council tonight approved the second reading of an ordinance that will increase garbage collection rates starting next month.
Council members unanimously approved the ordinance and the increased garbage collection rates will take effect May 1st, with residents to see increased rates for garbage and trash collection by an average of 40 to 80 cents per month.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp recognized retiring Hopkinsville Fire Lieutenants Eric Brown and Carl Long and recently promoted HFD Lieutenants Michael Henderson and Michael Pendleton and swore into office Hopkinsville Police Officer, Alan Vance.
Ward 1 Councilman Fred Atkins was absent from tonight’s meeting.