According to USGS, seven earthquakes have rattled North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia over the last 7 days. The earthquakes range in magnitude from 1.5 to 2.7. There have been no reports of injuries or damage.
The strongest of the bunch struck last night in Laurel Park, North Carolina; that magnitude 2.7 earthquake struck near Laurel Park in western North Carolina, half-way between Asheville, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina. More than 830 people reported to USGS they felt the earthquake with shaking reported in portions of North Carolina north of Asheville to an area in between Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina. Most described the shaking as “weak or light.” The earthquake struck at 10:23 pm from a depth of 1.5 km.
On Monday, a weaker magnitude 1.8 event struck just southwest of Sweetwater, Tennessee in an area between Knoxville and Chattanooga.
On early Sunday morning , a swarm of earthquakes hit an area southwest of Dalton, Georgia. The magnitude 2.2, 2.3, 2.0, and 1.5 magnitude events began at 1:16 am and ended at 5:57 am. The earthquake epicenters had depths of 10.4-11.4 km.
Earlier on Saturday morning, a 2.2 earthquake struck just northwest of Eton, Georgia, northwest of the Sunday swarm at 5:59 am. The earthquake had a depth of 15.1 km.
These earthquakes seem unrelated to swarms that have hit central South Carolina and the New Madrid Seismic Zone in recent months.