Minor earthquake felt in Blount County

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LOUISVILLE (WATE) – Did you feel it? The U.S. Geological Survey confirms a magnitude 2.7 earthquake hit near Louisville, Tennessee, Monday night.

“It was shaking! It was scary! I was scared,” said Teresa Thompson. “I thought someone had perhaps ran off the road and ran into my house.”

The quake, originally reported as a 2.9, happened at 10:42 p.m., according to the USGS, striking about 4 kilometers west of Louisville. Several WATE 6 On Your Side viewers said they felt the quake, one as far away as Farragut. Some say it sounded like something exploded.

“It was very quiet and then all of a sudden it just sounded like a bomb went off,” said Debbie Walsh. “It was loud.”

A 2.7 quake is classified as “minor” on the Richter scale and usually causes no damage to buildings, but can be felt by people. There are over one million earthquakes between 2.0 and 2.9 on the Richter scale each year.

“The whole house shook,” said Michael Kelly. “It was like a moment of everything shaking and making noise and I thought well that’s strange.”

The USGS provides an online form to report if and where you felt the earthquake.

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