Two small earthquakes rocked East Tennessee early Wednesday morning.
The United States Geological Survey confirmed a 4.4 magnitude quake hit the area around 4:15 Wednesday morning. Then another one, with a magnitude of 3.3, happened about 20 minutes later.
The epicenter was registered in Decatur, Tennessee in Meigs County.
According to the USGS maps, four aftershocks were registered following the two initial tremors. A 1.3 magnitude aftershock was registered just before 5 a.m. and another rated 1.4 in magnitude was recorded at 5:41 a.m. A 1.7 magnitude aftershock was reported at 8:51 a.m. and a 1.8 magnitude at 10:06 a.m.
A 1.8 magnitude earthquake was also registered at 7:42 a.m. in Louisville, Tennessee, but it is not known if it was directly related.
WATE has received dozens of calls from people all over East Tennessee who felt the quake. We’ve gotten calls from Oak Ridge, Ten Mile, Sweetwater and even Gatlinburg.
The USGS says Wednesday morning’s quake was the second strongest on record in East Tennessee. The strongest was a 4.7 recorded near Maryville in 1973.
The Tennessee Valley Authority says its facilities are built to withstand earthquakes and were not impacted by the earthquake.
TVA facilities are designed to withstand seismic events & were not impacted by Wednesday morning’s earthquake. They continue to safely operate. Personnel are currently conducting further inspections as a precaution. Our top priority remains the safety of the public.— Tennessee Valley Authority (@TVAnews) December 12, 2018