The 1916 Earthquake
On March 5, 1916, a 4.5 on the Richter Scale earthquake struck Georgia with the epicenter 30 miles
southeast of Atlanta. The center was in the Snapping Shoals area along the South River in extreme
eastern Henry County. The quake was in the fault zone that the South River rides.
This was the largest earthquake in Georgia until the April 29, 2003 earthquake in northwest Georgia
at Menlo that registered 4.9 on the Richter Scale.
The 1916 earthquake was felt over several thousand square miles. It was felt as far away as
Cherokee County, North Carolina, by people in Raleigh, N.C. and in parts of Alabama and
Tennessee. This earthquake had to be shallow in depth to be felt across such a wide area. There is
no record of injuries from the quake.
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1. USGS, 2009.
2. Georgia History, 2009.
Map of Earthquake Oct, 2009