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2.0 magnitude earthquake reported near Cades Cove, USGS confirms

According to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the highest recorded magnitude earthquake in the park, a 3.2 on the Richter scale, occurred in 1979.

TENNESSEE, USA — A 2.0 magnitude earthquake was reported near Cades Cove Sunday evening, according to the United States Geological Survey

Earthquakes that small are very common in East Tennessee and people usually do not feel any shaking related to them.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park said the earthquake occurred about one mile north of Cades Cove and ½ mile east of Rich Mountain Road.

Credit: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

USGS said that Sunday's earthquake was more than 12 km below the surface of the earth. 

The earthquake did not cause any damage to park facilities or impacts to visitors, Great Smoky Mountains National Park said. 

According to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the highest recorded magnitude earthquake in the park, a 3.2 on the Richter scale, occurred in 1979 in the western section of the park.

Of the 20 recorded earthquakes detected within park boundaries since record-keeping began, none have caused detectable damage.