Small earthquake, aftershock rattle Southeast US overnight

People in the Southeast U.S. were awakened by an earthquake early Wednesday morning, according to our news partners WSB-TV in Atlanta. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake happened about 4:15 a.m. near Decatur, Tenn. It had a magnitude of 4.4

A magnitude 3.3 aftershock struck about 15 minutes later.

>>> Baby born on I-75 early Wednesday

The earthquake happened along the new Madrid Fault Line, which runs along the state lines of Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.

The earthquake was the second-strongest on record in east Tennessee, according to the USGS. The strongest on record is a magnitude 4.7, recorded near Maryville in 1973.

About the Author