Minor earthquake hits Knox County mining community


Residents of an East Tennessee mining town may have felt the tremors of a minor earthquake that struck Tuesday morning.

A 2.9 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the town of Mascot in Northeast Knox County earlier this morning. Earthquakes between 2.5 and 5.4 on the Richter scale are considered minor, often being felt but usually only causing minor damage. It is estimated around 30,000 of these kinds of earthquakes occur every year.

The Mascot community was formed in the early 20th century as a company town centered on the mine. It is the site of lime and zinc mines as well as the Midway Quarry. Many suggest that the name Mascot stands for “mining and smelting company of Tennessee.”

We’ve yet to receive reports of any damage in Mascot but this is a developing story and we’ll continue to update as new details become available. 

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