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Earthquake Shakes Eastern Tennessee
Released: 3/7/2001

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Diane Noserale 1-click interview
Phone: (703) 648-4333

Note to editors: As more information is received and the data are further analyzed, we may issue updates or clarifications on this event.

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.2 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred today (Mar. 7), about 15 miles (30 km) WNW of Athens, Tennessee at 11:12 am local time (Eastern Standard Time). The earthquake was felt in Athens. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

Information on the earthquake history of each U.S. state is available on: http://wwwneic.cr.usgs.gov/neis/states/

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