How to prepare for an earthquake
The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.4 earthquake followed by a 3.3 aftershock occurred early Wednesday, Dec. 12, in eastern Tennessee, and there are reports it was felt more than 300 miles away in Charlotte and upstate South Carolina.
Two additional aftershocks were felt on Thursday: A 1.5 and a 2.7, says the USGS.
The 4.4 quake happened at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday and was centered around Decatur, Tennessee, about 60 miles from Knoxville.
The Weather Channel is reporting “light shaking” was also felt across much of the Atlanta, prompting jokes from the Atlanta Braves about their home runs returning from the upper atmosphere.
No major damage or injuries have been reported early Wednesday.
The quake was followed about 15 minutes later by a 3.3 aftershock, reported the USGS.
It was felt in Charlotte, according to EMSC, an independent scientific organization that reports “real time earthquake information.
A map created by the USGS also showed moderate, light and weak motion reports were made from as far east as Wilmington, and all across upstate South Carolina, including York County.
TV station WLOS in Asheville reported it “received dozens of calls” from people in that region who said they were awakened by the shaking; one woman said she heard a rumble.
“Felt it here in Arden off Brevard Road for sure,” Wayne Womble told WLOS. “Sitting on the couch at 4:15 a.m. reading news on laptop and it felt like the house swayed back and forth for a few seconds.”
Two days later, two more earthquakes hit the state: A 1.5 magnitude felt around 10:20 a.m. in Oak Ridge, and a 2.7 magnitude quake at 1:46 p.m. in Knox County, near Blaine, reported USGS.
The 4.4 quake the second strongest reported in east Tennessee, according to a tweet by the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tennessee. The strongest was a 4.7 near Maryville (south of Knoxville) in 1973, said the NWS.
The 4.4 earthquake occurred in the Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone, “a southwest-to-northeast belt extending from Alabama to far southwest Virginia,” reported the Weather Channel.
It is one of the most active earthquake zones in the central and eastern regions of the country, said the Weather Channel.