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2.4 magnitude earthquake hit East Tennessee (New Market)

A 2.4 magnitude earthquake hit East Tennessee

A 2.4 magnitude earthquake hit East Tennessee

This minor earthquake hit Thursday morning (September 1, 2016), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  It hit 4 km (almost 2.5 miles) Southwest of New Market, TN. New Market, TN is the town next to my city, Jefferson City, TN. New Market, TN is East of Knoxville, TN. (See map below)

This earthquake received a 2.4 on the magnitude scale. A 2.4 magnitude is rarely felt by most people. According to one report the exact location was in Mascot, TN.

2.4 Earthquake hits near New Market, TN

Map from city-data.com/zips/37820.html

Check out the USGS website for the latest of recent earthquakes. According to that website, at the time of this posting, there has been 8 earthquakes alone on September 1, 2016 that had an index of 2.5 or higher. This one, here didn’t make the list, because it was under the 2.5 index. USGS stands for United States Geological Survey.


Magnitudes are a form of measurements for earthquakes.. A 2.0 is the lowest on the scale and these are usually called microearthquake. These scales can go to 8.0 and higher. These are the ones that effect the most damage. Seismic waves are the vibrations in the ground and measured by seismographs. That is how they come up with the magnitudes.

List of those on the list at the time of this posting.

  • 3.0 in Geysers, CA
  • 2.7 in Goleta, CA
  • 2.5 in Fairview, OK
  • 3.2 in Pawnee, OK
  • 4.2 in San Felipe, Mexico
  • 3.0 in Fairview, OK
  • 2.5 in Ellis, KS
  • 3.0 in Caldwell, KS.

Notice one city listed twice. Fairview, OK where they had two. One at 2.5 and another at 3.0.

Earthquakes in the Bible

Earthquakes were even mentioned in the Bible too. According to BibleGateway.com earthquake is found 17 times in the New King James Version.

Below is an example of some of those 17 found. I used 9 of the 17 time used.

Bible references

  • For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. Matthew 24:7
  • So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54
  • And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. Matthew 28:2
  • For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows. Mark 13:8
  • And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:11
  • Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. Acts 16:26
  • [ Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances ] I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. Revelation 6:12
  • In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven. Revelation 11:13
  • And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Revelation 16:18

God used earthquakes

God used earthquake when Paul and Silas was in prison. There was an earthquake when Jesus died on the Cross, as well as, when the stone rolled away from the tomb of Jesus. Not to mention, earthquakes deal with the end of times too. Let me say no man knows the hour when the Lord will come!




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My name is Steve Patterson and I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I have been blogging at Courageous Christian Father since 2012, however, I have been blogging since around 2004. At church I help with the youth, van ministry, ushering or wherever else needed. Currently, I am working on my bachelors of theology. I am a father of an adult child. I work as a graphic designer. I also love listening to nothing but Christian Music. I am an Eagle Scout class of 1994. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle.

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