Otherwise, though, she said it happened quickly and there wasn't any lasting damage.
Whitesburg resident Charlotte Brown said she was at home and talking to a friend at her front door when she felt the ground start to shake — just a little bit at first, then harder.
"It made me nervous," she said, but the shaking lasted only a few seconds and didn't hurt anything.
"It did shake the house and the dishes rattled," she said.
In Tennessee, some workers at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge felt the temblor, but spokeswoman Ryn Etter said there was no impact to the plant.
Tennessee Valley Authority spokeswoman Jessica Stone said no problems from the quake have been reported at any plants operated by the nation's largest public utility.