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Minor earthquake rattles southeastern Tenn., NC
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DUCKTOWN, Tenn. — A minor earthquake rattled the mountainous area of southeastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and northern Georgia on Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The 3.2-magnitude temblor happened about 11 a.m. Saturday. Its epicenter was located about 55 miles east of Chattanooga, near the town of Ducktown.
Becky Cearley, a dispatcher with the Polk County Sheriff's Department, described the incident as "pretty intense."
"It shook the whole entire building for what seemed like forever, but it was just a matter of seconds," she said. She said she received no reports of damage or injuries.
A dispatcher with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina, just east of the epicenter, also said there were no reports of damage or injuries, but a couple of people did call wondering what had happened.
The U.S. Geological Survey received reports of light shaking as far away as Gainesville, Ga., about 60 miles to the south.