Magnitude 4.4 Earthquake Shakes Decatur, Tennessee

Residents in Tennessee and Georgia got a big surprise Wednesday morning: the rumblings of an earthquake.

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey at around 4:14 a.m. ET, with its epicenter near Decatur, Tenn., which is roughly more than 150 miles from Nashville. It’s the strongest earthquake to strike Tennessee in 45 years.

An aftershock was felt about 13 minutes later with a magnitude of 3.3, said the USGS.

According to Atlanta TV station WXIA, the earthquake was felt as far as northern Georgia.

Some light and weak shaking was felt as far as Nashville and Murfreesboro to the west and even north into Kentucky.

According to the USGS, the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone is one of the most active earthquake areas in the Southeast. The zone extends across Tennessee and northwestern Georgia into northeastern Alabama.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Brett Molina