Early morning earthquake hits Georgia

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake shook the town of Stillmore in the US state of Georgia.

According to the United States Geological Survey, tremors could also be felt in nearby Augusta, Macon and Brunswick after the 4 a.m. tremor.

Moderate shaking was reported near the quake’s epicenter just east of the Emanuel County town of 700 people. However, no damage was reported.

Earthquakes of this size are rare for Georgia.

There have only been 10 earthquakes reaching magnitude 3.5 or greater since 1903. The strongest ever recorded in the state was magnitude 4.5 in 1914.

An earthquake is a shaking of the Earth’s surface resulting from a sudden release of energy into the Earth’s lithosphere that creates seismic waves. The little ones occur around the world several hundred times a day.

On Wednesday, a cluster of earthquakes was recorded off the Oregon coast but caused no damage. The largest was magnitude 5.6. On the same day, seven earthquakes were recorded off the Iranian coast. The largest was 5.3 but, again, no damage was done.

In other earthquake news, Southern California’s Metrolink transit system announced this week that it will equip some of its trains with a new alert system that will automatically slow or halt travel during a tremor.

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