Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Earthquake Recorded in Great Smoky Mountains

As if the snow and ice in recent weeks hasn't been enough, the Great Smoky Mountains is reporting on their Facebook page that an earthquake was recorded in the park this morning:

The National Earthquake Information Center has confirmed that a minor earthquake (2.1 magnitude) occurred in the park at 4:14 a.m. this morning. The epicenter was 5 miles deep on Goshen Ridge (elevation 4,700'), near Clingmans Dome. Earthquakes are more common to the west of the park in the Tennessee Valley, but since the 1970s, only three have been recorded as having epicenters within the park's boundaries.

A 2.0 - 2.9 quake is considered minor — people may be able to feel it, but it causes no damage to buildings.


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