N.C. Earthquake Shakes Homes In Georgia

10:49 PM, Aug 1, 2009   |    comments
  • Many North Georgia residents woke up this morning to the loud shakes of a small earthquake. The earthquake was recorded around 9:38 Saturday morning.
    
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ATLANTA -- Many North Georgia residents woke up this morning to the loud shakes of a small earthquake.  The earthquake was recorded around 9:38 Saturday morning.

The epicenter of the earthquake was about 11 miles from McCaysville, Ga and measured in magnitude at 3.2.

Residents in several metro area cities felt the shake-up.  As Valerie Hoff and Chris Holcomb were chatting live with viewers on 11Alive Weekend morning news, many of the folks on the chat started asking about a possible earthquake.

Carolyn from Blue Ridge wrote, "Chris - sitting watching you show in Blue Ridge and it felt like an earthquake just hit here.  Can you confirm if there was one?"

Then others on the chat mentioned feeling it as far south as Suwanee.  A viewer in Woodstock said, "Sitting in Woodstock - house shook - been there before felt like a minor earth tremor."

Most of the comments came from the North Georgia mountains.  Jeremy commented, "I also live in Fannin County... McCaysville.. Something definitely happened that felt just like an earthquake. It was at 9:38."

Dana from Blue Ridge said, "I am outside Blue Ridge and I heard a big boom and my windows shook."

Just minutes after we reported this information from the chat, the USGS confirmed the quake just north of the Georgia line.

Jack Morton was working on his store in downtown Blue Ridge and told us by phone that it was an obvious shake.  "Our workers came in asking us what happened.  They were driving in their car and still felt it."

11Alive viewers called into our  newsroom from Snellville, Woodstock and the city of Blue Ridge to report the earthquake.

No injuries or structural damage were reported.

Stay with 11Alive News and 11Alive.com for the latest details on this story.

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