Residents on the south end of Lake Lanier, in the Buford area have felt three earthquakes shake their homes in less than a week.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports three earthquakes in less than a week in the Buford, Georgia area. Photo courtesy of the USGS.

The three earthquakes all had a magnitude of between 2.0 and 2.5 and were within 1.21 miles of each other.

The latest earthquake struck on Sunday at 8:37 p.m. near Lakeshore Drive in Buford on the southern end of Lake Lanier. This earthquake had a magnitude of 2.0 and was at a depth of .81 miles under the earth’s surface.

Last Thursday evening, June 6, the strongest of the three earthquakes occurred less than a mile south of the latest quake in the vicinity of Morgan Way NE. This earthquake originated just over 2.5 miles into the earth’s crust, had a 2.5 magnitude and struck at 10:15 p.m.

A few hours later at 12:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, another earthquake struck off Jimmy Dodd Road near Stewart Road. The earthquake had a 2.1 magnitude and occurred at a depth of 5.28 miles.

In the last three weeks, nine earthquakes have struck in Georgia and Tennessee.

  • May 18, 2024, at 1:23 p.m. EST – 2.2 magnitude – 4.97 miles E of LaGrange, Georgia
  • May 19, 2024, at 3:18 a.m. EST – 2.0 magnitude – 6.21 miles WNW of Resaca, Georgia
  • May 19, 2024, at 1:53 p.m. EST – 2.0 magnitude – 8.70 miles SE of Vonore, Tennessee
  • May 22, 2024, at 11:35 p.m. EST – 1.8 magnitude – 1.86 miles W of Maryville, Tennessee
  • May 25, 2024, at 12:20 a.m. EST – 2.4 magnitude – 4.35 miles ENE of Blaine, Tennessee
  • June 3, 2024, at 3:49 p.m. EST – 2.2 magnitude – 2.49 miles WSW of Tunnel Hill, Georgia
  • June 6, 2024, at 10:15 p.m. EST – 2.5 magnitude – 2.49 miles NW of Buford, Georgia
  • June 7, 2024, at 12:30 a.m. EST – 2.1 magnitude – 1.86 miles N of Sugar Hill, Georgia
  • June 9, 2024, at 8:37 p.m. EST – 2.0 magnitude – 2.49 miles NW of Buford, Georgia
The inactive Brevard fault line runs through Hall and Gwinnett Counties. Special photo

While there is not currently an active fault line in the Buford area, over 300 million years ago, the 100-mile long Brevard fault line ran through the area. It stretched from the North Carolina-Virginia border to near Montgomery, Alabama and passed through Hall County. The fault line also ran directly under the city of Atlanta.

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