Earthquake hits near Rutledge

RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Did you feel a small tremor near Rutledge on Monday night? You may have felt East Tennessee's most recent earthquake.

According to the USGS, a 2.0 magnitude quake hit in the area, near Woodstock Drive, at around 9:20 p.m. last night.

This just one of many that have hit the East Tennessee area recently. One hit near Harriman on Feb. 22, and several others hit the area at the start of 2019.

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.

Experts say the "big one" is always possible, however.