4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Eastern Kentucky No serious damage reported; felt in 3 other states By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Nov 10, 2012 12:19 PM CST 24 comments Comments File photo. (AP Photo/Shabbir Hussain Imam) (Newser) – An earthquake centered in Kentucky rattled at least three other states this afternoon, the US Geological Survey reports. The USGS website says the epicenter of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake was about 10 miles west of Whitesburg. Residents in eastern Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee reported feeling the temblor. A National Weather Service spokesman says employees at the office in Jackson, about 60 miles northwest of Whitesburg, felt the ground shake for about 15 seconds. No reports of serious damage have come in so far.