Did you feel it? Two earthquakes rumble through East Tennessee minutes apart, felt for miles
Two earthquakes rattled the Tennessee Valley Wednesday morning.
The first was a 4.4 magnitude around 4:15 a.m. that had a depth of about 9 kilometers with an epicenter 6.8 miles outside of Decatur, Tennessee.
The second was about 15 minutes later, with an epicenter in nearly the same location. It was a 3.3 magnitude quake and had a depth of about 6.8 kilometers.
Initial reports were that the tremor was felt as far away as Atlanta, Asheville and Knoxville.
Channel 3 Facebook fans reported dishes rattling, a guitar falling from a wall and pets that were startled by the event.
Earthquake Magnitude Scale
|Magnitude||Earthquake Effects||Estimated Number |
|2.5 or less||Usually not felt, but can be recorded by seismograph.||900,000|
|2.5 to 5.4||Often felt, but only causes minor damage.||30,000|
|5.5 to 6.0||Slight damage to buildings and other structures.||500|
|6.1 to 6.9||May cause a lot of damage in very populated areas.||100|
|7.0 to 7.9||Major earthquake. Serious damage.||20|
|8.0 or greater||Great earthquake. Can totally destroy communities near the epicenter.|
Channel 3 has been in contact with TVA about Watts Bar and how it may have been affected by the quake.
Officials say the earthquakes have not impacted the facility and everything is online.
Additional personnel is on site inspecting the nuclear facility as a precaution.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation said they have not had any reports of damages to any of their bridges, but they do have inspection teams checking them out.