Tiny earthquake recorded just outside Maryville

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A small earthquake, centered just south of Knoxville, shook east Tennessee early Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The agency reported the tremor struck right around 5:00 a.m. about three miles east of Maryville, 13 miles south of Knoxville. Preliminary measurements recorded it at 2.3 Magnitude.

The USGS notes that the East Tennessee seismic zone, which extends through the state and into northwest Georgia, is one of the most active in the southeast. It said the the strongest one ever recorded occurred in April 2003 and earthquakes that can cause damage strike abut once a year.

While earthquakes happen less frequently in the eastern part of the United States, they are felt across a broader area, the department added.

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