published Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Tiny earthquake shakes McMinn County

McMINN COUNTY, Tenn. — Earthquake sensors reported a 2.2 earthquake deep in the earth early Tuesday morning between Athens and Englewood, Tenn., in McMinn County.

The quake -- likely not felt by residents -- occurred about 5 a.m. with its epicenter about five miles deep in the earth and about six miles east-northeast of Englewood, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Program.

The region is in the Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone, which extends across Tennessee and northwestern Georgia into northeastern Alabama. The zone is the second-most active earthquake area east of the Mississippi River.

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