Residents in Tennessee and Northern Georgia were jolted out of bed early this morning by a 4.4 magnitude earthquake. The Tennessee earthquake struck around 4:14 AM Wednesday morning, with a 3.3 magnitude aftershock felt about 13 minutes later. The epicenter of the quake was in Decatur, TN, which is about 150 miles from Nashville.
The National Weather Service in Morristown, TN, reported that this morning’s quake was the second-strongest ever recorded in Tennessee’s history. The strongest earthquake was a 4.7 magnitude quake that was recorded back in 1973.
Several Tennessee residents expressed their shock at being awoken by the earthquake on Twitter:
Anyone else just feel that earthquake…..? #TennesseeEarthquake
— TennesseeLocations? (@lowkeylocations) December 12, 2018
OMG ?? there was just a earthquake here in TN.. didn’t even know it was possible. #TennesseeEarthquake
— Frances Soto (@FrancesJewerly) December 12, 2018
— steve daniel (@stevedan44) December 12, 2018
Woke up at 4:15am to house alarm beeping to check system..now I know why! ? #TennesseeEarthquake
— Rene Earnhardt (@ReneEarnhardt) December 12, 2018
— Father Dale Hall (@FriarDale) December 12, 2018
About an hour ago my bed flew up and bam back down. I was like “Um, am I imagining things or was that just an earthquake?” Yup, it was a 4.4 earthquake that emanated from Eastern Tennessee. 2nd strongest ever for this area. Yowza. #AtlantaEarthquake #Atlanta #TennesseeEarthquake
— Jill A Coolik (@TheMadameCat) December 12, 2018
Minor shaking has been reported at area homes and businesses, but thankfully no major damage. Residents who were awake when the quake struck did report that their pets were acting strangely just before the shaking started.
At least one Twitter user offered a theory as to what caused this morning’s earthquake:
— Stephanie Isaacs (@sisaacs_) December 12, 2018
I prefer to think of it as the Earth itself jumping for joy.