Things were shaking in Chattooga County and in Mentone as a 2.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded around 2:37 a.m. Wednesday. The epicenter was 6.5 miles from Mentone, around 30 miles from Rome and 31 miles from Calhoun, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was 1.4 miles below the surface.
The most recent quake in the area was in Brainerd, Tenn., on March 14. It was 2.5 magnitude.
Earthquakes in the Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone: It extends across Tennessee and northwestern Georgia into northeastern Alabama. It is one of the most active earthquake areas in the Southeast. Although the zone is not known to have had a large earthquake, a few earthquakes in the zone have caused slight damage. The largest known (magnitude 4.6) occurred on April 29, 2003, near Fort Payne, Ala. Earthquakes too small to cause damage are felt about once a year. Earthquakes too small to be felt are abundant in the seismic zone, and seismographs have recorded hundreds of them in recent decades.