Small earthquake hits near Sevierville

Oct. 31, 2016: UT geology professor Bob Hatcher says East Tennessee is the third most seismically active area in eastern North America.

SEVIER COUNTY - A 2.7-magnitude earthquake shook the area around Sevierville Thursday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. 

The earthquake was detected around 8:40 p.m. between Sevierville and Kodak and was measured at kilometers in depth.

Small earthquakes are common in this area. The USGS has recorded 67 earthquakes in East Tennessee in the past year. 

This region is part of the Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone, which stretches across Tennessee, northwestern Georgia and northeastern Alabama. While this zone is the most active in the Southeast United States, damage rarely results from these earthquakes. 

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