Arkansas Center for Earthquake Education and Technology Transfer

January 1, 1969 Earthquake
Perry County - Bigelow area

A Richter magnitude 4.4 earthquake occured in Arkansas on Wednesday, January 1, 1969 at about 5:37 p.m. CST, while many Arkansans were at home watching the Rose Bowl football game.

The earthquake was centered in the Fouche La Fave River area about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas and about 4 miles southwest of Bigelow in Perry County. The earthquake was estimated to originate at a depth of about 7 kilometers below the surface. Shaking lasted an estimated 5 to 20 seconds. The earthquake was felt as far east as Forrest City, north to Marshall, and south to Arkadelphia and Pine Bluff.

There were no reports of damage or injuries. State Trooper Jim Wooten said his North Little Rock home shook so hard that he was unuable to stand. J.W. Cudd of Arch Street Pike, about 10 miles south of Little Rock, reported that his house and curtains shook and that doors bumped. Mr. Cudd stated; "...we could hear the house popping."

A Stuttgart radio station reported receiving over 350 telephone calls in a 20-minute period.

Map of Jan 1969 earthquake showing epicenter in Perry County, Arkansas

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