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Early morning earthquake shakes Northwest Georgia

Did you feel it??

Did you wake up to a rumble this morning? Eyewitnesses told AllOnGeorgia they were woken up by a loud boom that seemed to shake their entire home.

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed an earthquake happened around 4:15 a.m. near Decatur, Tennessee, nine miles from Spring City, Tennessee. It had a magnitude of 4.4. An aftershock of 3.3 magnitude happened about 15 minutes later.

The earthquake occurred along the New Madrid Fault Line, which is along the Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi state lines.

Many residents of northwest Georgia reported feeling the earthquake. If you felt a shake you can tell the USGS here:

The 4.4 magnitude earthquake was the second strongest on record in East Tennessee, according to the USGS. The strongest was a magnitude 4.7 near Maryville in 1973.

There have been several small earthquakes in northwest Georgia over the past few years, including a 1.9 magnitude near Villanow, in Walker County, in August.

A 2.7 quake was reported in Catoosa County, near Fort Oglethorpe, in January, and a 2.3 occurred in Trion, in Chattooga County, in November 2017. In July 2017, a 2.2 quake was registered just north of LaFayette in Walker County.

 

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Casie Bryant is the NW Georgia Regional Manager for AllOnGeorgia.

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