Quake shakes, rattles a little
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner staff reporter
Dec 11, 2013 | 1797 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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There wasn’t a whole lot of shaking going on Tuesday evening, but it was just enough to get people’s attention.

The United States Geological Survey reported a small earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale and centered in the Wildwood Lake area of South Cleveland occurred around 7 p.m.

Areas as far away as Maryville to Atlanta also recorded tremors of an equal or lesser degree.

The USGS reports say the quake appears to have been centered approximately 5 miles underneath the surface of the earth.

No damages have been reported as a result of the tremor. Bob Gault, public information officer for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, said the department had received no calls nor questions about the quake from local residents.

Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency Administrative Officer Curtis Cline confirmed the USGS reports, but added this is not an unusual occurrence.

“We actually have quite a few earthquakes in the area,” Cline said. “They are just not of any severe intensity.”

He said he has an alert system that notifies him should a quake register over a 2 on the scale.

“If I had it set lower than that, it would go off all the time,” Cline said.

According to USGS records, the largest quake most recently reported in Cleveland was 16 years ago with a magnitude of 3.5.

The city of Athens recorded a 3.7 magnitude quake in 1979.

USGS statistics show Dalton, Ga., as having recorded the most intense area quake in recent history. That quake registered a 4.2 magnitude in 1984.