Another small earthquake registered in Meigs County Thursday


A small earthquake was recorded in Meigs County on Thursday, just weeks after two slightly larger quakes and several aftershocks were registered in the same area. 

A 1.7 magnitude earthquake was registered in Decatur, Tennessee at 4:20 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, according to the United States Geological Survey.

On December 12, Decatur was also the epicenter of two earthquakes, 4.4 and 3.3 in magnitude. Several aftershocks were also recorded following the two initial tremors. 

This is the latest small quake in a string of seismic events in East Tennessee. 

WATE Reporter Blake Stevens spoke to a geologist at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville last month. Dr. Richard Williams said in response to the 4.4 magnitude quake in Decatur, “earthquakes that large are typical of East Tennessee but somewhat rare.”

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