Shaking ground wakes people in Sevierville Saturday

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- People in Sevierville and surrounding areas woke up Saturday to their homes shaking after an earthquake struck just before daybreak.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 3.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Sevierville at 6:03 a.m. on Saturday.

This 3.0 magnitude quake is slightly larger than most East Tennessee earthquakes. The epicenter was five miles from Sevierville and 25 miles from Knoxville.

Another 2.5 magnitude earthquake occurred in nearly the same spot at 9:56 a.m. The epicenter was four miles northeast of Sevierville and 24 miles away from Knoxville.

"I've felt one before, along time ago and kind of knew what to expect. but this one kind of woke me up out of my sleep I immediately thought it was an earthquake and though nah it can't be. It started off slow and got real loud and shook all the art work on the walls," said Michael McElroy of Sevierville. "Not a lot of earthquakes in east Tennessee even tornadoes and what not, we're just not used to that. An Earthquake was the last thing I thought but it definately got my attention."

These are the second and third recent earthquakes felt in East Tennessee, with a 4.3 magnitude earthquake occurring November 10th.

No damage have been reported.


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