TN quake felt in Swain

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A magnitude 4.4 earthquake centered near Decatur, Tennessee was enough to wake a few people in Swain County as windows rattled and the ground shook mildly around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, December 12.

People in Swain County were estimated to feel light to weak shaking with no damage, according to the US Geological Survey community internet intensity map on

This is the second strongest earthquake to be recovered in eastern Tennessee, according to the USGS. The strongest ever recorded was 4.7 magnitude based near Maryville, Tennessee in 1973.

The quake yesterday morning was a shallow depth of 6 miles below the earth’s surface. A second 3.3 magnitude quake occurred shortly after around 4:30 a.m.

People from hundreds of miles away, including in the metro areas of Asheville, Charlotte and Atlanta and surrounding states the Carolinas, Kentucky and Alabama.

In Decatur, people reported photos and art falling from the walls of their homes and other household items falling over, according to reports.

No major damage was reported from the quakes.

Smoky Mountain Times

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