AP December 12, 2018, 9:58 AM Magnitude 4.4 earthquake strikes eastern Tennessee

A map shows where a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck in eastern Tennessee on Dec. 12, 2018.


Last Updated Dec 12, 2018 10:40 AM EST

DECATUR, Tenn. — A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck eastern Tennessee and could be felt in Atlanta, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Engineers were inspecting the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Tennessee as a precaution.

The light earthquake occurred Wednesday around 4:14 a.m. about 7 miles northeast of Decatur. About 13 minutes later, a 3.3 magnitude aftershock struck.

The Tennessee Valley Authority said the nuclear plant didn't appear to be affected and was continuing to operate safely. According to the USGS, the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone is one of the most active earthquake areas in the Southeast.

The zone extends across parts of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. There didn't appear to be any immediate reports of injuries.

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