Morning Earthquake: North Georgia, 60 miles NE of Atlanta

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A 2.5-magnitude earthquake shook Northeast Georgia, roughly ten miles from LaFayette and fourteen miles from Dalton Thursday morning (May 25, 2017), according to the United States Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 8:05 a.m., was in the southeastern corner of  Walker County, just west of Johns Mountain.  At this time, there is no known damage to any buildings.

According to the USGS’ “Did You Feel It” reports, the quake was not felt outside of the initial area.

In April of this year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a magnitude 2.5 earthquake struck an area about 100 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Though not nearly as common as in other places, the Southeast has experienced several devastating earthquakes in its history, the worst of which occurred in 1886 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Felt as far away as Wisconsin, the Charleston earthquake damaged more than 2,000 buildings in the city and claimed the lives of at least 60 individuals.

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