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2.8 magnitude earthquake rattles McMinn County residents

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The USGS reports a weak intensity 2.8 magnitude earthquake shook parts of McMinn County late Wednesday night.

The quake was reported less than 10 miles of Decatur and Athens and 30 miles north of Cleveland.

Click here to learn more about earthquake history in the State of Tennessee.

The largest earthquake in Tennessee history occurred on Aug. 17, 1865 near Memphis, Tenn., measuring at 5.0 on the Richter scale.

The earthquake was so strong, it shook chimneys from roofs in Memphis, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The rumble even churned waves in the Mississippi River, similar to those created from a passing steamboat. People as far as St. Louis, Jackson, MS, and even Illinois felt the shake.

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