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Small quake hits Van Buren County

Small quake hits Van Buren County

A 2.1-magnitude earthquake hit six miles south south-east of Clinton on Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake hit at 12:33 p.m. No damage or injuries were reported, according to the Geological Survey. Earthquakes less than 3.5 are generally not felt.

That same day, an earthquake of 3.9 magnitude was reported in Trumann in northeast Arkansas.

In 2010-11, hundreds of earthquakes rattled Faulkner County, mostly near Guy and Greenbrier, eventually leading to the permanent shutdown of natural gas drilling disposal wells, commonly called injection wells, in the area. The strongest quake recorded was a 4.7 magnitude. The state Oil and Gas Commission banned injection wells within a 1,150-square mile area, but that ban did not include much of Van Buren County.

The area where Saturday’s quake happened is around East Mountain, which is within two to three miles of an injection well. There are at least two injection wells on Bee Branch Mountain, including one just behind the Chuckwagon restaurant.

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