Quake Hits TN Near Nuke Plant

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 02:12 PM gHale

An earthquake’s epicenter was a couple of miles from the Watts Bar Nuclear plant. Officials said No damage occurred.

An early morning earthquake Wednesday that measured 4.4 and shook from metro Atlanta and eastern Tennessee was centered right near a nuclear power plant.

The quake’s epicenter was a couple of miles from the Watts Bar Nuclear plant, however, no damage was detected at the site.

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“(Tennessee Valley Authority) TVA facilities are designed to withstand seismic events and were not impacted by Wednesday morning’s earthquake,” TVA officials said. “They continue to safely operate. Personnel are currently conducting further inspections as a precaution. Our top priority remains the safety of the public.”

The magnitude 4.4 event was felt all the way over to metro Atlanta.

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey at 4:14 a.m. ET, with its epicenter near Decatur, TN, which is roughly more than 150 miles from Nashville. It’s the strongest earthquake to strike Tennessee in 45 years.

An aftershock was felt about 13 minutes later with a magnitude of 3.3, said the USGS.

The town of Spring City, Tenn. near the quake’s center of activity and where the power plant is located, reported no damage.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone is one of the most active earthquake areas in the Southeast. The zone extends across Tennessee and northwestern Georgia into northeastern Alabama.

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