North Georgia experiences a minor earthquake on Monday night

On Monday night, a slight tremor may have been felt by those in the vicinity of the Georgia/Tennessee border.

The United States Geological Survey reported a 2.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred just west of Dalton, a little before 9 p.m.

According to the Geological Survey, any tremors felt would be subtle and gentle, possibly only a few shakes. These vibrations are more noticeable if you are sitting still.

According to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, the counties at highest risk of experiencing an earthquake are those located in the northwest region of Georgia, along the South Carolina border, and in central and west central Georgia. Surprisingly, around 15 percent of the earthquakes that occur globally happen in areas like Georgia where active faults are not clearly identified.

The U.S. Geological Survey has reported that Georgia has experienced over thirty earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or higher since 1974.

In 1916, Georgia experienced its largest recorded earthquake, which registered at a magnitude of 4.1 and occurred approximately 30 miles from Atlanta. The recent earthquake in Metter, in 2022, was of a lesser magnitude, measuring at 3.9.

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