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Minor mag. 1.8 earthquake - 2.6 mi southwest of Sweetwater, Monroe County, Tennessee, USA, on Monday, Dec 5, 2022 at 7:18 am (GMT -5) -

Minor mag. 1.8 earthquake - 2.6 mi southwest of Sweetwater, Monroe County, Tennessee, USA, on Monday, Dec 5, 2022 at 7:18 am (GMT -5) Minor mag. 1.8 earthquake - 2.6 mi southwest of Sweetwater, Monroe County, Tennessee, USA, on Monday, Dec 5, 2022 at 7:18 am (GMT -5)

Minor magnitude 1.8 earthquake at 27 km depth

5 Dec 18:16 UTC: First to report: USGS after 6 hours.

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 5, 2022 12:18:53 UTC -
Local time at epicenterMonday, Dec 5, 2022 at 7:18 am (GMT -5)
Depth27.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude35.57783°N / 84.4965°W (Monroe, Tennessee, United States)
Antipode35.578°S / 95.504°E
Shaking intensityNot felt
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities4 km (3 mi) SW of Sweetwater (Monroe County) (pop: 5,930) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
14 km (8 mi) WNW of Madisonville (pop: 4,780) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
17 km (11 mi) NNE of Athens (pop: 13,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
46 km (29 mi) SW of Farragut (pop: 21,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
58 km (36 mi) NE of Cleveland (pop: 43,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
67 km (42 mi) SW of Knoxville (pop: 185,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
89 km (55 mi) NE of East Chattanooga (pop: 154,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
756 km (470 mi) WSW of Washington (District of Columbia) (pop: 601,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released3.2 x 107 joules (8.78 kilowatt hours) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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1.827 km4 Km SW of Sweetwater, TennesseeUSGS
1.827 kmTennesseeRaspberryShake


Seismic station: Tuckaleechee Caverns, TN, USA (TKL/IM network) | Distance from quake: 66 km / 41 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Tuckaleechee Caverns, TN, USA: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.5-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (1)

At magnitude 1.8, such a quake wouldn't normally be felt by people, but could be recorded instrumentally.
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Morristown, Tn (131.5 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s : A light vibration/ shake  

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