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TEN STRONGEST EARTHQUAKES TO TAKE PLACE IN EAST TENNESSEE

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Officials say the 3.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Campbell County yesterday was one of the strongest to hit the area in years. It followed two other smaller earthquakes in the same location within 24 hours. Citizens reporting feeling the 3.8 magnitude earthquake yesterday as far west as Putnam County, over 100 miles west of the epicenter.

The earthquakes generate from the East Tennessee Seismic Zone, a band that stretches from northeastern Alabama to southwestern Virginia. It is one of the most active earthquake zones in the United States. According to the United States Geological Survey, here are the strongest earthquakes on record in East Tennessee:

4.7 magnitude in 1973 –  Alcoa

4.5 magnitude in 1928 – Greeneville

4.4 magnitude in 2018 – Decatur

4.2 magnitude in 1987 – Vonore

4.1 magnitude in 1956 – Claiborne County

4.1 magnitude in 1913 – Grainger County

3.8 magnitude in 1997 – Claiborne County

3.8 magnitude in 2020 – LaFollette

3.7 magnitude in 1995 – Monroe County

3.7 magnitude in 1979 – Monroe County

3.7 magnitude in 1984  – Corryton

Officials say an earthquake stronger that a 5 or 6 is possible in this zone, but that is a “1 in a 100 year event.”

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