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Largest earthquakes in or near Polk, Tennessee, USA, on record since 1900 - list, stats and map

Updated: Dec 25, 2022 13:48 GMT -
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Quakes since 1900:

  • 1 quake above magnitude 5
  • 7 quakes between magnitude 4 and 5
  • 61 quakes between magnitude 3 and 4
Since 1900, Polk has had 1 quake of magnitude 5.1, 7 quakes between 4.0 and 5.0, and 61 quakes between 3.0 and 4.0. See all quakes in the past 24 hours!

Latest quake: Mag. 3.1 | 13 mi E of Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee, USA -

Strongest quake: Mag. 5.1 | 16 mi NW of Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee, USA -

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Showing quakes since 1900, magnitude 3 or higher (69 quakes):
Date and timeMag
Depth
Nearest volcano (distance)LocationDetailsMap
2020-05-10 02:33:14 -06:00 (May 10, 2020 08:33 GMT)
3.1

8.4 km
1665 km (1035 mi)13 mi east of Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee, USA 40 reportsMore
2020-01-20 14:12:11 -05:00 (Jan 20, 2020 19:12 GMT)
3.8

35 km
1809 km (1124 mi)33 mi north of Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA 295 reportsMore
2019-07-17 10:23:28 -05:00 (Jul 17, 2019 15:23 GMT)
3.0

14 km
1838 km (1142 mi)Tennessee, 16 mi south of Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky, USA 6 reportsMore
2019-03-05 15:56:02 -05:00 (Mar 5, 2019 20:56 GMT)
3.4

17 km
1837 km (1141 mi)9.9 mi north of Blainville, Grainger County, Tennessee, USA 258 reportsMore
Jan 14, 2019 09:00 GMT
3.0

13 km
1825 km (1134 mi)1 mi southeast of Alcoa, Blount County, Tennessee, USA 11 reportsMore
Dec 23, 2018 20:10 GMT
3.1

20 km
1812 km (1126 mi)12 mi east of Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee, USA 11 reportsMore
Dec 12, 2018 09:27 GMT
3.3

7 km
1758 km (1092 mi)15 mi northwest of Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee, USA 187 reportsMore
Dec 12, 2018 09:14 GMT
5.1

2 km
1757 km (1092 mi)16 mi northwest of Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee, USA 3468 reportsMore
Apr 29, 2018 22:32 GMT
3.1

21 km
1868 km (1161 mi)7.8 mi northwest of Morristown, Hamblen County, Tennessee, USA 9 reportsMore
Sat, 24 Nov 2012 07:03 (America/New_York) (Nov 24, 2012 11:03 GMT)
3.0

7.1 km
1863 km (1158 mi)4.9 mi northeast of Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA 3 reportsMore
May 6, 2010 14:04 GMT
3.2

5 km
12 mi north of Queen City of the Coosa, Etowah County, Alabama, USA More
Apr 20, 2010 09:28 GMT
3.3

2.2 km
2.8 mi southwest of Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee, USA More
Nov 1, 2009 17:01 GMT
3.0

25 km
2 mi southeast of Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee, USA More
Aug 31, 2009 14:07 GMT
3.3

14 km
Blount County, 7.5 mi south of Farragut, Knox County, Tennessee, USA More
Aug 1, 2009 13:38 GMT
3.2

5.4 km
Cherokee County, North Carolina, 34 mi east of Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee, USA More
Dec 18, 2008 00:05 GMT
3.3

9.5 km
7.5 mi southwest of Jefferson City, Jefferson County, Tennessee, USA More
Jun 23, 2008 23:30 GMT
3.1

8.8 km
13 mi northeast of Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia, USA More
Jun 19, 2007 18:16 GMT
3.5

1.2 km
27 mi south of Cookeville, Putnam County, Tennessee, USA More
Dec 18, 2006 08:34 GMT
3.3

18 km
11 mi south of Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee, USA More
Jun 16, 2006 00:57 GMT
3.4

1.4 km
12 mi west of Waynesville, Haywood County, North Carolina, USA More
May 10, 2006 12:17 GMT
3.2

25 km
2 mi northwest of Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee, USA More
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Estimated combined seismic energy released: 5.4 x 1012 joules (1.49 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1279 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy

Latest seismic signals

Seismic station: Tuckaleechee Caverns, TN, USA (TKL/IM network) | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Tuckaleechee Caverns, TN, USA: seismogram of vertical movement last 60 minutes (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) last 60 minutes. Source: IRIS query builder webtool
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Polk Earthquake FAQ

When was the latest earthquake in Polk?

The last earthquake in Polk occurred 3 years ago: Light mag. 3.1 earthquake - 13 mi east of Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee, USA, on 2020-05-10 02:33:14 -06:00.

How many quakes were there in Polk since 1900?

Since 1900, Polk, Tennessee, USA had 69 quakes up to magnitude 5.1.

What was the strongest quake in Polk since 1900?

The strongest earthquake in Polk since 1900 occurred 4 years ago: Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - 16 mi northwest of Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee, USA, on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 09:14 GMT.

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