published Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Earthquake rattles East Tennessee

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Some East Tennessee residents have been jarred awake by an earthquake.

A preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake at 5:28 a.m. EDT Tuesday had strength of 3.3 on the Richter scale.

The quake was centered about five miles west-southwest of Maryville.

Kristin Parker with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency in Nashville said there are no reports of injury or damage, but said the agency received a lot of phone calls reporting the shake.

WBIR-TV in Knoxville reported on e-mails sent by people in the area.

Some reported noises that they at first thought was thunder.

One man said he was walking the family dog when he felt the earth shake. He said his wife thought he had run into their house with his truck.

A person in Alcoa said the house shook and the windows rattled for about five seconds.

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Information from: WBIR-TV, http://www.wbir.com/

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