Frantic calls flood sheriff's office during Georgia earthquake

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake rattled metro Atlanta this morning.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — An earthquake that shook most of Georgia had everyone surprised, especially those who woke up to the quake.

The 4.4-magnitude earthquake hit near Decatur, Tennessee, at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, with a 3.3-magnitude aftershock about 15 minutes later.

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The location of origin is two to three hours away from Atlanta.

Canton is about 30 minutes closer to it.

Cherokee County sent an alert to emergency officials.


Lt. Jay Baker, with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, told Channel 2's Sophia Choi he received the notice shortly after he felt the ground shake.

“Not like you would see in California, where things are falling off the walls or anything, but just a slight vibration,” Baker said. "We’ll deal with the weather, the heat and so forth. Earthquakes, not something we want here in Georgia."

The Cherokee County dispatch center said it received more than 30 calls from residents saying their dishes were rattling, their beds were jiggling and their homes were shaking.

There are no reports of any verified damage from the quake.