4.4 magnitude earthquake rattles eastern Tennessee; shaking felt in Atlanta

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer
December 12, 2018, 7:31:00 AM EST


A 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook eastern Tennessee early Wednesday morning, with shaking felt as far away as downtown Atlanta.

This was the second strongest earthquake to ever strike eastern Tennessee, according to the United States Geological Service (USGS). The strongest was a 4.7 magnitude earthquake near Maryville, Tennessee, in 1973.

The temblor struck 7 miles away from Decatur, Tennessee, at 4:13 a.m. EST, according to the United States Geological Service (USGS). The quake was shallow at a depth of 6 miles below the Earth's surface.

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Decatur is around 150 miles north of Atlanta, where people took to Twitter to report that shaking was felt in the city.

Shaking was also felt in eastern Kentucky, according to the National Weather Service office in Jackson.

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There have been no immediate reports of damage.

One aftershock of 3.3 magnitude followed the initial quake.

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