A small earthquake occurred near Macon Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The 2.4 magnitude quake was reported in Jones County near Gray, which is about 90 miles southeast of Atlanta. It’s less than 15 miles from Macon.
It was reported at 9:55 a.m.
There haven’t been any reports yet of anyone feeling shaking from the quake.
Earthquake levels increase by a factor of 10, so a 4.0 magnitude earthquake is actually 10 times stronger than a 3.0, and a 5.0 is 100 times stronger than a 3.0.
A small 2.7 earthquake was registered in early January 2018 in northeast Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.
The area about 30 miles away in Trion felt a similar quake in early November 2017, according to previous AJC reports.
A magnitude 2.5 earthquake struck an area about 100 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta in April 2017 and a 2.5 magnitude quake hit in Augusta later in the month. A stronger earthquake of 3.2 magnitude hit Augusta in June last year.
The apparent increase of reported earthquakes isn’t a sign of anything abnormal, officials say. Instead, the reports are a reflection of better equipment for measuring seismic activity.
The National Earthquake Information Center now locates about 20,000 earthquakes each year, or approximately 55 per day. As a result of the improvements in communications and the increased interest in natural disasters, the public now learns about earthquakes more quickly than ever before.
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