The largest earthquake on record in the Georgia region was a magnitude 5.1 that occurred in 1916, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. More than three dozen earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater have occurred in Georgia since 1974, according to the Survey. Yet, the state doesn’t have that many quakes compared to other areas.
Georgia had one of 2.5 or greater in 2018, one in 2015, one in 2014 and four in 2013, records show.
A 4.4 magnitude earthquake in central Tennessee jarred some metro residents awake in January 2019, although the epicenter was 150 miles away from downtown Atlanta.
Georgia has a number of fault lines, where quakes are most known to occur.
The Brevard Fault Line, the best-known one, runs from Blue Ridge to Marietta. The Soque River Fault follows the Sogue River in the Northeast, and Salacoa Creek is in Northwest Cherokee County.
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