The border community of Dietz, Ga., felt a small earthquake just before 5 a.m. Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was a magnitude 2.4. The community is near Indian Springs and is around nine miles from Chattanooga.
Background: “Earthquakes in the Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone. The Eastern Tennessee seismic zone extends across Tennessee and northwestern Georgia into northeastern Alabama. 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. The largest known (magnitude 4.6) occurred on April 29, 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.”