The rumblings of an earthquake, Residents in Tennessee and Georgia got a big surprise Wednesday morning.
Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake struck near Decatur, Tenn., about 4:14 a.m. It was recorded as the second-strongest earthquake to hit the eastern part of the state, according to the National Weather Service. Nearly 15 minutes later, a 3.3-magnitude aftershock shook the area, according to the Associated Press.
The USGS said a 4.4. earthquake can usually be felt indoors — and sometimes outdoors — and awaken many in the area. It said dishes, windows and doors may break and unstable objects may overturn during a sensation described “like a heavy truck striking a building.”
No damage has been reported so far, but reports of people feeling this earthquake have come in from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Nashville, Huntsville and Knoxville.
According to the USGS, the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone is one of the most active earthquake areas in the Southeast. The zone extends across parts of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
No injuries have been reported.