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Earthquake Felt In TN, NC and GA

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By Antwan Harris

DUCKTOWN, TN (WRCB) -- Several Polk County residents were dismayed by early morning tremors.

Tammy Muldoran said, "It scared me to death because I thought it was an explosion."

It was actually a 3.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked Polk County residents about 9:30 Saturday morning.

"It was like 'boom boom' and then the underground was moving," Muldoran said.

Tammy, like many residents, didn't exactly know what to make of all the early morning commotion.

Many residents thought the noise was a nearby plane flying too low or perhaps a tractor trailer crash, but in actuality, it was an earthquake.

Linda Campbell said, "I didn't know what to do, my dog started barking and she probably knew something was wrong."

The quake was the talk of Ducktown inside the Kimsey Pharmacy.

One customer said he moved from California to get away from earthquakes.

He never expected one to hit Polk County.

Eskobi Matunde said, "I thought possibly I would deal with a tornado, but no earthquakes."

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, earthquakes that have a magnitude of less than 3.5, generally are not felt, but are recorded.

Earthquakes that are between 3.5-5.4 are often felt, but rarely causes damage.

If an earthquake reaches a Richter Scale reading of 6.0 or more, damage can range from minor to catastrophic.

Several residents we talked with said they are happy they don't have to pick up the pieces following the tremors, but this morning's cup of cofee is one Tammy says she will never forget.

"I was sitting there having coffee and the windows at one end of the house started rattling," Maldoran said. " It was like a wave had come through the house."

We also received calls into our newsroom from Bradley County, many residents on the most western-end of the county complained of feeling tremors.

Both the Polk and Cherokee County's Sheriff's Offices have no reports of damage or injuries.

9:30 AM

Chattanooga, TN (WRCB)-- A 3.2 magnitude earthquake could be felt Saturday morning in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey a 3.2 magnitude earthquake occurred at 9:38am a few miles east of the North Carolina/ Tennessee line.  

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department there have been no reports of damage.

The earthquake was located about 6 miles east of Ducktown, TN, about 7 miles north of McCaysville, GA and about 55 miles east of Chattanooga.

Earthquakes that are less than 3.5, generally are not felt, but are recorded. Earthquakes that are between 3.5-5.4 are often felt, but rarely causes damage. If the quake is under 6.0 at most slight damage to well-designed buildings and can cause major damage to poorly constructed buildings over small areas. If the earthquake is between 6.1-6.9 it can be destructive in areas up to about 100 kilometers across where people live. If it is over 7.0 in magnitude it can cause serious damage over larger areas.



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