December 11, 2013

Tennessee earthquake shakes through area

From Staff Reports

— Residents in northern Murray County reported hearing something like an explosion after a small earthquake centered six miles from Wildwood Lake, Tenn., shook the surrounding area Tuesday evening.

The United States Geological Survey confirmed the 3.1 magnitude quake occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time about 18 miles northeast of Dalton.

Many readers on The Daily Citizen’s Facebook page,, commented that they felt the tremor. Several people described the event as a “boom” that shook their houses and rattled pictures on their walls. One person said it felt like a car struck their house.

Those who said they felt the quake included residents in Tennga, Crandall, Cisco, Spring Place and other parts of Murray County as well as Dawnville and Beaverdale in Whitfield County.

911 operators in Murray and Whitfield counties said they had no reports of damage as of an hour after the event.