Wednesday October 7th, 2015 5:09PM

Small earthquake rattles Fannin Co.

By B.J. Williams News Director
MCCAYSVILLE - Nobody was hurt and there was no damage, but a small earthquake in Fannin County Saturday morning was enough to scare folks.

Robert Graham, the director of the Fannin County Emergency Management Agency, said the quake hit the McCaysville area just after midnight.

"It actually, to me, sounded just like a sudden burst of thunder that kind of rumbled for about 15 to 20 seconds before stopping," he said.

He said dispatchers told him they received numerous calls from residents worried that a plane might have crashed or some other type of explosion had occurred.

Graham said small quakes have hit the area before.

"It has happened probably two or three times over the last five or six years," he said, pointing out that there is a fault line nearby that runs northward into the Virginias.

The U.S. Geological Survey indicated the quake measured about 2.5 on the Richter scale and struck about 1 kilometer south of McCaysville.

© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
UPDATE: Jury deliberations expected to begin Thursday in Gainesville murder trial
Jury deliberations are expected to begin Thursday in the trial of one of two remaining defendants in the murder and attempted robbery of a Gainesville cab driver earlier this year.
4:50PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Man suspected of theft in multiple counties nabbed in Hoschton
A Braselton man is behind bars facing a list of charges after Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies tracked him down in a stolen car Monday in Hoschton.
4:09PM ( 1 hour ago )
VIDEO: Hall County Chamber of Commerce hosts health expo
The Gainesville Chamber of Commerce hosted the Healthsmart Expo at the Gainesville Civic Center Wednesday.
2:27PM ( 2 hours ago )
Clinton racks up elected Dems in Georgia
Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton is gathering support from a long list of prominent Georgia Democrats.
By Associated Press
2:19PM ( 2 hours ago )
HEMC members have power restored, may experience blinks
Some Habersham Electric Membership Corp. members may experience brief power outages today.
1:09PM ( 4 hours ago )