Thursday, January 10, 2013

Earthquakes in Knoxville, Tennessee

Having had a discussion about earthquakes with my clone last weekend I figured that I would document as many tremors (that I could uncover) that have occurred in or were felt in Knoxville, Tennessee in the past 150 years or so. Which, of course, gives me an excuse to look at more old newspaper archives. A hobby that has eclipsed the obsession point.

Obviously, this will be a work in progress, as research often is, and instead of doing several posts on the matter I will continue to update this post with any future finds. Hopefully this prying doesn't awaken the creaky bones of the Great Smokies and bring on the big one.


The New York Times, March 1, 1872


1872

February 26

Earthquake Shock In Tennessee; The New York Times, March 1, 1872


1874

March 17

Reported Earthquake; The New York Times, March 18, 1874


1877

November 16

The Earthquake In Knoxville; The New York Times, November 19, 1877


1884

August 24

A Tennessee EarthquakeThe New York Times, September 14, 1884


1890

December 22

Earthquake Shock At Knoxville; The New York Times, December 24, 1890


1897

June 1

Two Distinct Shocks; The Bristol Herald, June 3, 1897


1938

March 31

Two Earth Shocks Are Felt At Knoxville; The Tuscaloosa News, March 31, 1938


1950

June 19

Slight Earthquake Felt in Knoxville Area Early TodayMiddlesboro Daily News, June 19, 1950
Temblor Shakes Knoxville Area, Residents Feared Atomic Blast; The Miami News, June 19, 1950


1954

January 2

Knoxville Shaken By Earth Tremor; Wilmington Morning Star, January 2, 1954
Mild Tremor In WNC Area; The Times-News, January 2, 1954


1955

January 26

Earth Tremors Jar Five States; Sarasota Herald-Tribune, January 26, 1955


1956

September 7

Damage Is Slight From Early Tremors; Middlesboro Daily News, September 7, 1956
Tennessee Region Jolted by QuakesSpokane Daily Chronicle, September 7, 1956


1969

July 16

Seismograph Is Replaced; The Times-News, December 6, 1969


November 19

Quake Rattles 8-State Area; Toledo Blade, November 20, 1969


1973

October 30

Quake...Or Something Hit Tennessee Tuesday; The Robesonian, October 31, 1973


November 30

Knoxville Shaken By Earth Tremor; Middlesboro Daily News, November 30, 1973
Southern States Hit By Brief Earth Tremors; The Argus-Press, November 30, 1973


1980

June 25

Mild Earthquake Shakes Eastern Tennessee Area; The Pittsburgh Press, June 26, 1980
Small Earthquake Jolts Tennessee; Observer-Reporter, June 26, 1980


1986

July 11

Quake Rattles Tennessee; The Tuscaloosa News, July 12, 1986


1987

March 27

Tremor Shakes Tennessee; The Rock Hill Herald, March 27, 1987


July 10

Quake Shakes Up Tennessee; The Victoria Advocate, July 12, 1987


1989

December 2

Small Earthquakes Strikes Section Near Knoxville, Tenn.; The Mount Airy News, December 3, 1989


1998

June 17

Minor earthquake jounces East Tennessee; The Daily News, June 18, 1998


2003

April 29

Tremor from Alabama Quake Felt in East Tenn.; wate.com


2005

March 17

Small earthquake rumbles in East Tennessee Thursday night; Kentucky New Era, March 18, 2005

Minor earthquake reported along Tenn, N.C. border; wate.com

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