Quake rattles residents near Pickwick Dam

April 2– Social media reports indicate some Hardin County residents felt an earthquake which occurred last night at 10:51.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 4.0 magnitude temblor was 24 miles west of Dyersburg, Tennessee, or about two miles south of Steele, Missouri, in the New Madrid seismic zone.

The event comes following the recent revelation by the Tennessee Valley Authority that Pickwick Dam does not meet current seismic safety standards and could be damaged by a major earthquake.

However, during a meeting in Savannah this morning, Bernie Auld, TVA senior program manager for the project to bring the dam up to code, said a prompt full inspection of the dam’s southern embankment, which is the area of concern by TVA engineers, discovered no issues as a result of last night’s earthquake.


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