ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A Tennessee earthquake today 2014 struck north of Georgia. . The Tennessee earthquake today March 6, 2014 began in the morning hours. Damage assessment is pending.
Officials tell news that a 2.6 magnitude Tennessee earthquake today started just after 3:29 am local time. The quake was shallow. Reps tell news that the quake started only thirteen miles below ground level. As a result the quake could be felt across the immediate region.
USGS indicates to news that the quake was five miles southeast of Loudon. It was fifteen miles southwest of Farragut and seventeen miles west of Maryville. The quake was twenty-two miles south of Oak Ridge and roughly one hundred miles north of Atlanta, Georgia.
Reps tell news that today’s quake hit in the Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone which spans part of the state along with sections of Georgia and Alabama, namely “across Tennessee and northwestern Georgia into northeastern Alabama.” They add “It is one of the most active earthquake areas in the Southeast. Although the zone is not known to have had a large earthquake, a few earthquakes in the zone have caused slight damage.”
Nevertheless the biggest quake in recent memory was only a 4.6 temblor that hit in 2003 near Fort Payne, Alabama. “Earthquakes too small to cause damage are felt about once a year. Earthquakes too small to be felt are abundant in the seismic zone, and seismographs have recorded hundreds of them in recent decades. “