Did you feel it? North GA gets rocked by small earthquake
While you were sleeping this morning, north Georgia experienced an earthquake.
Located four miles north of Varnell, GA, the quake hit about 4:08 a.m. and was located at a depth of about five miles.
It registered a magnitude of 2.5, which perhaps rattled a window or two, but would be too small to be noticed from miles away.
Earlier today, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the Pacific Ocean about 60 miles southwest of Mutis, Colombia.
Monday, Tennessee experienced a quake located about six miles west of Obion, Tennessee that registered a magnitude of 3.3 and located about 2.8 miles under the earth's surface. The tremor took place about 5:43pm yesterday.
According to the USGS, the largest known earthquake in our region, with a magnitude of 4.6, took place on April 29, 2003, near Fort Payne, AL.
Earthquakes occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles deep. Most of eastern Tennessee's bedrock originated several hundred million years ago, as the Appalachian Mountains, which help shape our region, were formed.
Most of the earthquakes in Tennessee occur near the western part of the state, which borders on the area of the New Madrid fault.
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