A 3.9 magnitude earthquake shook homes in Georgia, leaving residents stunned as the tremor sounded “like thunder”.
The quake’s effects were felt as far away as Atlanta and South Carolina, when the epicenter struck near the town of Metter.
The quake hit a depth of 800 meters and was felt across much of central Georgia, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
USGS initially reported the quake as a magnitude 4.5, but later downgraded the number on the Richter scale.
Many residents were shaken up by the earthquake — a relatively rare occurrence in Georgia.
The center of the quake was found underground in Candler County, which is off Interstate 16 between Macon and Savannah.
The tremors were mostly limited to Georgia – but were also felt in neighboring South Carolina.
South Carolina was also recently rocked by a rare tremor – with a magnitude 3.3 tremor being felt last month.
“I was wondering what the sound and shaking of the earth was this morning,” said one resident.
“Very mild but spooky early morning. It felt and sounded like approaching thunder.”
One added: “Still can’t believe this happened, earthquakes hardly happen in Georgia so I was surprised.”
And another added: “I thought I was the only one who felt that earthquake in Georgia,” while one said: “First earthquake ever for me.”
The quake is said to have been felt in Augusta, Statesboro, Atlanta, Savannah and Macon.
Hundreds of people flooded the USGS website with reports of the quake in the early hours of the morning.
Moderate to mild shaking was reported around the epicenter, fading as they continued outward toward August and Macon and South Carolina.
“There are almost NEVER earthquakes in Georgia, but apparently one happened a few minutes ago,” one resident wrote on Twitter.
“So I texted my boyfriend and he said, ‘Hey, did you just feel the earthquake?’
“And she said, ‘Oh, was that that? I thought we were about to be bombed’.”
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