There are plenty of alarm clocks out there, but metro Atlantans awoke to the ripples of a magnitude 4.4 earthquake this morning.
Officials with Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties said there was no damage reported.
Atlanta police said they have no calls for property damage. They got 12 calls about the earthquake that came into 911, but no officers were dispatched nor reports taken.
Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt said they only got seven calls.
“Most thought there were people shaking their doors trying to get into their homes,” Cavitt said.
But what Georgia felt is nothing compared to what fellow Americans felt 3,500 miles away a couple weeks ago.
Anchorage, Alaska, was rocked by a magnitude 7.0 jolt on Nov. 30, followed by a series of unnerving aftershocks. The city’s school district alone estimates needing $25 million to $50 million to bring the schools back to pre-quake condition, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of USGS data shows more than three dozen earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater have occurred in Georgia since 1974.
The analysis also showed that Georgia hadn’t broken 4.0 since 1984 and hadn’t gotten to 3.0 since 2009.
Inexperienced in the ways of an earthquake, people in metro Atlanta took to social media to see if they were imagining things and also to make jokes.
The “OMG earthquake” tweets came early.
The jokes came early, too:
For many, there was a general sense of disbelief:
The quake was felt from East Cobb to Lawrenceville:
Some folks couldn’t believe they slept through an earthquake or were disappointed they did:
As people awoke, the clowning continued:
OK, maybe this one wasn’t a joke?