Update: Earthquake confirmed in Blount Co.

5:53 PM, Apr 20, 2010   |    comments
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The earthquake occurred in the Clover Hill area

Some Blount County residents were rocking and rolling Tuesday morning, due to a 3.3-magnitude earthquake just before 5:30 in the Clover Hill area along Highway 411, just south of Maryville.

There are no reports of damage, but it was definitely the talk of the town.

"It was a loud boom," said one resident.

"Didn't seem like it lasted over a couple of seconds," said another.

"It woke me up. My dog went crazy, it scared her to death," said a third.

The guys at the Clover Hill Mill had felt earthquakes before.

"My first thought, it was an earthquake. I looked at the window to see if it might be lightning. I didn't see no lightning, so that's what I figured it was," said John Abbott.

A few miles away, Patricia Ambern didn't know what was happening.

"The TV and our dresser and the door started shaking for 5 or 6 seconds really loud. Thne all of the sudden, it went quiet," Patricia Ambern said.

At the other end of the county, folks were talking about it at Starbucks. The consensus seemed to be no reports of damage.

As for the mill, the old Clover Hill Mill has withstood nature's shakeups since 1921.

"It didn't do anything to it, I don't reckon," owner Billy Whitehead said.

It was an experience Patricia Ambern won't forget.

"I always wondered what it was like to be in an earthquake or anything like that. I will never get that sound out of my head," Ambern said.

According to the US Geological Survey, earthquakes are not uncommon in East Tennessee, with a fault line running through the area. However, of the several earthquakes each year, most are not strong enough to be noticed.


The USGS has confirmed what many residents of Blount County felt this morning, that a 3.3 magnitude earthquake hit the area at 5:28 am.

It was 3.1 miles deep with an epicenter at 35.714N 84.045W, that's southwest of downtown Maryville.

It extended 5 miles west of Maryville, 6 miles east of Friendsville, 7 miles south of Alcoa, 19 miles southwest of Knoxville, and 195 west of JAARS, NC.

There are no reports of damage.


Many reports have come in from residents of Blount County reporting an earthquake around 5:30 am Tuesday morning. The Blount County Sheriff's Department says that they also believe that it was a earthquake. 

The USGS has not issued an official report.  Blount County Dispatch says they have not confirmed what happened.

Callers to 10News have not reported any damage.

One caller said that she felt it as far away as Lenoir City.

Stay with 10News and wbir.com for more information as it becomes available.


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