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.