Mild earthquake hits northwest Georgia on Saturday

A 2.6 magnitude quake was reported in northwest Georgia on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

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A 2.6 magnitude quake was reported in northwest Georgia on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

A mild earthquake was recorded in northwest Georgia on Saturday evening, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The 2.6 magnitude earthquake happened about 6:13 p.m., the USGS said.

The epicenter of the minor quake was nearly four miles west of Chickamauga and about 7 miles deep, according to USGS records.  The town is about a two-hour drive northwest of Atlanta.

No injuries or damage was initially reported.

While we might not think of Georgia as quake country, the ground does shake now and then. More than three dozen earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater have occurred in Georgia since 1974, according to a review of data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Back in February, a 2.3 magnitude quake was recorded in the early morning hours of Feb. 9 near Lilburn in Gwinnett County.