3.9 magnitude earthquake shakes Georgia

5th biggest earthquake on record for the Peach State

3.9 magnitude earthquake reported near Statesboro, Georgia just after 4 a.m. Saturday.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Georgians were awoken early Saturday morning by a 3.9 magnitude earthquake. Initially this quake was reported as a 4.5 magnitude earthquake from the United States Geological Survey.

Moderate shaking was reported near the epicenter of the quake east of Stillmore. The earthquake was reportedly felt as far south as Brunswick, and as far north as Columbia, South Carolina. Light shaking was also felt in the Atlanta metro area.

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There were no immediate reports of damage.

Earthquakes of this magnitude are rare for the Peach State. There have only been 10 earthquakes reaching magnitude 3.5 or greater there since 1903.

Saturday’s quake ties for the 5th strongest on record in the area. The strongest earthquake ever recorded in the state was magnitude 4.5 in 1914.


About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.