Magnitude 3.9 earthquake in south Georgia felt in metro Atlanta: How rare is it for the state?

External News Details

A shallow earthquake tremored in southeastern Georgia early Saturday morning, and it was the state's strongest in years. It occurred just after 4 a.m. about 160 miles away from Atlanta. The epicenter was located in Candler County, about 7 miles east of Stillmore, GA. Originally, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) rated it a magnitude 4.2, but later re-evaluated it to be a shallow, magnitude 3.9 earthquake. And because of its location and shallow nature, it was felt hundreds of miles away.  Andrew Newman, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, told 11Alive that earthquakes of this magnitude occur in the state about every 3 to 5 years. But where those earthquakes occur are usually not in this part of the state. "Georgia definitely gets more earthquakes in the northwest corner of the state in the Ridge and Valley. That's where we have a well-defined seismic system," he said. "Up next is along the Fall Line, which runs from roughly Columbus to Macon to Augusta. We think those earthquakes are triggered by a change in the hydrological system."

Additional Information


College of Sciences, EAS

College of Sciences, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Andrew Newman, Earthquake, Georgia
  • Created By: Renay San Miguel
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Jun 21, 2022 - 12:39pm
  • Last Updated: Jun 21, 2022 - 12:39pm