Damage reported at Campbell County home after M 3.8 earthquake

Family claims earthquake caused damage at home. / Source: WVLT
Family claims earthquake caused damage at home. / Source: WVLT(WVLT)
Published: Jan. 20, 2020 at 2:21 PM EST
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A Campbell County family reported a magnitude 3.8 earthquake caused damage to their foundation Monday afternoon.

A photo submitted by a viewer shows a crack in the foundation of their home. They say it was caused by the earthquake.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicenter of the magnitude 3.8 earthquake was in Fincastle in Campbell County. The earthquake was upgraded from Monday afternoon after it was initially rated a 3.6.

On Sunday, Jan. 19,

according to the USGS.

According to an intensity comparison scale by the USGS, earthquakes that register as less than a 3.0 are classified as a level I. That means it is "Not felt except by a very few under especially favorable conditions."

Knoxville and surrounding areas do not sit on a traditional plate boundary, what we often think of as causing tremors. Instead, we sit along the East Tennessee Seismic Zone. Most local earthquakes are 'weaker,' but some people will still feel the ground shaking if the magnitude is 2.5 or higher.

You may hear sounds with earthquakes. According to the USGS, many people report hearing loud "booms" along with seismic activity.

"No one knows for sure, but scientists speculate that these "booms" are probably small shallow earthquakes that are too small to be recorded, but large enough to be felt by people nearby," USGS says.

WVLT viewers from across East Tennessee have reported they felt the earthquake.

"It rattled my dishes in Whitesburg," Adam Watson said.

Tiffany Martin from Oak Ridge said, "My house shook."

Viewers in Kentucky said they also felt the earthquake.

"I felt it pretty good in Williamsburg Kentucky. Our entire house shook," Alisa Potts said.

If you felt the earthquake the USGS wants to know. Visit their

to report your experience.

To learn more facts about earthquakes, go


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