Startled Georgia residents felt the earth move on Tuesday at about 7:30 PM about four miles northwest of Dalton. Dalton has had three minor earthquakes in the past year. Did the earthquake have anything to do with the loud booms hear back in early December 2012.
Aftershocks of small tremor in Dyersburg, Tennessee
The earthquake was a 2.7. No damage was reported but the courthouse was evacuated. Jenny Crips, assistant English professor at Dalton State College said she heard a loud bang and the windows began shaking.
Crystal Paulk-Buchanan of Georgia Emergency Management Agency said the authorities thought the tremor might be aftershock from a tremor (2.5) five miles north of Dyersburg Tennessee and 76 miles northeast of Memphis that occurred at 6:35 AM. But residents there said they felt the shaking at 11:45 AM.
Ancient fault lines in the area
Tellus Curator Julian gray of the Tellus Science Museum said that area is criss-crossed with fault lines created when the Appalachian Mountains were formed. The fault lines are not the same as in California, Japan and Turkey but they are prone to growl and grind from time to time. “The zone stretches out over 200 miles and has about 80 earthquakes a year.”
The last one was in January 2010 a 2.6 near LaFayette, Georgia at 7:20 AM.
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