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Largest Earthquake In 35 Years Hits Greenbrier, Arkansas

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GREENBRIER, Ark. (AP) - Residents of the small north-central Arkansas town of Greenbrier said they are unsettled by the fact that they never know if or when the next earthquake is going to strike, especially after a 4.7 magnitude quake -- the largest to hit the state in 35 years.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the 4.7 quake at 11 p.m. Sunday about four miles northeast of Greenbrier, Arkansas. It was the largest of more than 800 quakes to strike the area since September.

Taylor Farrell of Greenbrier said Monday she has noticed gradual structural damage to her home, including a crack extending the length of her driveway, and some pictures have fallen off walls in recent quakes. She said she has now removed everything from her walls to prevent breaking any more family photos.

The U.S.G.S. also recorded in the same area a preliminary magnitude 3.8 quake at 11:18 p.m. and a preliminary 3.6 magnitude quake was recorded at 2:46 a.m. Monday. The fourth earthquake is a preliminary magnitude 3.2 and was recorded at 7:06 a.m. 

Residents across Arkansas and in Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi reported on the U.S.G.S. website that they felt the quake.

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