A 2.7-magnitude earthquake rattled a few windows Thursday afternoon in the Lenoir City area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake, centered about 5.6 miles north northwest of the Loudon County town, was recorded at 4:08 p.m.

Small quakes occur occasionally in East Tennessee. Sometimes you notice them; sometimes they slip on by.

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A 2.3-magnitude temblor was registered May 20 in the Seymour area. And on April 29, a 3.1-magnitude quake shook the Bean Station area.

Alaska, California and Oklahoma are among the most active states in the union for quakes, according to the USGS. Alaska registers hundreds each year.

Southern states typically range from seeing no earthquakes in a year to maybe a handful, USGS statistics show.