Eastern Tennessee earthquake confirmed; no damage reported

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Officials have confirmed a small earthquake has hit eastern Tennessee.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel , the U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-2.6 earthquake was reported Sunday morning about three miles south of Lenoir City.

Most earthquakes that inflict serious damage are rated between 5.5 and 8.9 on the 9-point Richter scale.

USGS says the seismic zone extending across Tennessee and northwestern Georgia into northeastern Alabama is one of the most active for earthquakes in the southeast.

The zone is not known to have had a large earthquake, though some have caused minor damage.

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