By Sandra Rose  | 

Atlanta earthquake

Most of Georgia had a rude awakening on Wednesday morning when a 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck as we slept peacefully in our beds.

Startled Atlantans took to in search of confirmation that they weren't dreaming.

Earthquakes occur when underground rocks shift and shake the earth. The damage to roadways and property depends on the magnitude of the seismic activity.

I woke up at 4:15 a.m. as my bed and the entire room shook violently. I sat straight up in bed and screamed out loud as my ceiling fan swayed back and forth for 10 seconds then stopped.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 4.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded 7 miles northeast of Decatur, Tennessee. Tremors were felt 160 miles away.

"Yes, we felt it, too! We're working to confirm if there was an #earthquake in Georgia just now," WSBTV tweeted at 4:20 a.m. in Atlanta. WSB reports more aftershocks will follow the big one.

Most of us who live in the Metro Atlanta area are used to minor tremors over the years. But last night's seismic activity was the strongest tremor most of us have experienced.

Hundreds of Atlantans shared their earthquake stories on WSBTV's Twitter timeline under the hashtags #earthquake and #atlantaearthquake.

Some users who have pets say their animals "freaked out" and looked to them for answers.

One woman said her husband slept through the big #AtlantaEarthquake. He told her she was imagining things.

Did you feel the big #AtlantaEarthquake this morning? Share your experiences below!








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  • KcoolMuziq

    "I woke up at 4:15 a.m. as my bed and the entire room shook violently. I sat straight up in bed and screamed out loud as my ceiling fan swayed back and forth for 10 seconds then stopped."

    Are U sure that was an earthquake Sandy?! LMAO

  • Trey

    I didnt feel ish

  • Phillybruh

    OMG I see how yall handle flurries are the schools closed?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • ClaireHuxtable

    No one in my family felt anything. Neither did K1lla or she would have been whining.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I live in the DC area and several years ago we had one when I was at work, of course my first thought was it was a terrorist attack, because something that could shake that big ass building I work in must have been a bomb. Nope an earthquake, the first time I ever experience one and I pray it would be the last. I can't describe the amount of fear I had. The city was crippled and in panic mode.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Zoo animals wandering the neighborhoods. Prisoners running the streets. The new governor still talking about how he won the election fair & square!
    It's just Crazy here!!

  • SandraRose

    I’m sure. Only an earthquake is vibrating my bed these days. ?

  • Phillybruh

    Mark yourself safe on

  • jason rite

    lol,didn't feel a thing south metro Atlanta

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I didn't feel it...I was knocked out

  • Ni Ni


  • Renee Bee

    TMI. (Giggles)

  • Soda

    I'm in CA & haven't been bothered by an earthquake since the 1994 6.7 Northridge quake.

  • Dollface

    Hey auntie did anything get damaged in your home as a result?

    I’m such in bad shape right now. I woke up yesterday and couldn’t hear out of my right ear. I thought maybe it was wax build up. I went to CVS and bought these drops that have now blocked my ear/hearing more. I’m so uncomfortable, disoriented, and dizzy. Omg if you have suggestion. Please tell me!

  • Sydni

    I didn't have a clue until I heard Da Brat (RMMS) talk about it on the radio this morning.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Yes this happens at 4:17 am. I was up praying in my bed, and I asked for God to Order My Steps, and I felt my bed shake, then the entire house was shaking, I said wooosshh God you're moving that devil out my house...but then I said whoooo Lord...

    Come to find it it was an Earthquake...God knows he can play with my emotions at times...

  • bemetoo

    i been in 2 earthquakes one time when i was laying down the next time i was at my doctors visit getting a physical...both in texas..

  • ClaireHuxtable

    He has a great sense of humor too!

  • RealATLPeach36

    Doesn't he! But I still think that was MY sign saying I hear you!

  • What???

    God is getting ready to deal wit batty man in ATL. Just the beginning.

  • Phillybruh

    We had a little one here in Philly before we could get up to do anything it was

  • Phillybruh

    You better move

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Get you some sweet oil .... hope that helps ... you can find it at your local store ....... the vibration is extremely high right now so ear popping is to be expected ... fatigue ..... as well ... rest ...... and take it easy .... much love

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Absolutely. He/Son/HS's in communication all the time, but we're usually not paying attention, doubt or just not in the right mindset to receive,etc. The Word says we are never alone and that's no joke. I sure am glad about it too!
    Have a great day.

  • Dollface

    The stuff I bought at cvs I think was some type of oil and it’s messed me up more

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Me neither. A bunch of my neighbors were saying they felt their beds shake and it woke them up... Meanwhile, I slept right through it and didn't feel a thing. I guess I'm a really heavy sleeper. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

  • Phillybruh

    This happened to me last year, it was terrible but if you ever use a q-tip too clean your ears it just pushes it down. I went to my dr had had them flushed and that cleared it up. Hope its nothing more serious than that :)

  • chaisun

    I’m sure that’s the last of his worries. I think he has over 400 years worth of ancestral historical deeds that are still happening now, he has to deal with first.

  • What???

    Funny but I don’t live there.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Doctor to flush it. I have terrible ear buildup, but I don't produce war to keep them moist. Insides are draw and scaly.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I use perioxide. It bubbles it all out. Like 2-3 drops. If not the go to an ENT doc today if possible.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    sweet oil ... is natural and good for your ears ... you can try that or not ... up to you

  • Ryan

    Slept through it! Lol

  • Prettybrowneyes

    Shook the house, and I rolled out of bed. I knew that it was an earthquake growing up in Cali, but was just surprised how strong it was. When it was over I went back to ?.

  • Crazy tee

    Use the round end of a small Barbie pin...You can feel when it’s to deep so then pull it back away from the drum a little and it will scoop that wax right out...Then some peroxide to get the tiny particles

  • Mielle Downey


  • Mielle Downey

    Burn Babylon burn down!!

  • Guess Who

    TOTALLY gonna hold my mule on this...
    ...but I gotta tell you, a smart azzed comment is on the tip of my tongue.

    Oh lawd...I'm cramping up!

  • Renee26

    Spill it!!

  • Renee26


  • Renee26

    Now it's time for you to take action

  • Renee26


  • Guess Who

    Renee, I can't because the comment was in VERY poor taste, lol. :)

  • Renee26

    Ok... I belee you

  • Trace da Ace

    Hope everybody is ok.....


    I didn’t feel nothing, I sleep hard

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    you may need to have it flushed. i had it once after my ear was stopped up for about a week with no relief. (couple days ago i thought it was happening again, but i took something for congestion, put a little peroxide on a q-tip and CAREFULLY rotated it, rubbed some Vicks around (but not in) my ear, and next morning i was fine.)

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    lawd Sandra... LOL!

  • Kanyade

    Earthquakes in Texas. Yup. Probably due to so much fracking going on.

  • Kanyade

    Be safe Atlantans.

    Any fracking going on in/near/around y'all? Texas has had some earthquake hiccups in "divers places" (east region) due to fracking (my belief).

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i recall this. i was at work too. felt the floor vibrate under my feet at my desk. jumped up to leave and saw my whole office door frame 'swaying' when it stopped, i took off running, LOL!

  • Kendra Foster

    Praying for ya'll in ATL.

  • ohwell

    I got a good guess what you are thinking. But Imma hold my mule too

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Whew chile I just flew in frm Atlanta 2 days ago ? wth is goin on smh

  • SandraRose

    My mom slept through it too.

  • SandraRose

    Nothing in my house was broken. Don't put any peroxide or stick anything in your ear! That's the worst thing you can do - especially if your eardrum is perforated. Go to the ER or an urgent care clinic. I hope you feel better soon.

  • SandraRose

    Men sleep like rocks - especially after sex. I'm not surprised you guys didn't feel the earth move.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Oh no prayers for all of ATL


    I be out like a light, the other half said they were tryin to wake me up. Didn’t feel nothing. Glad mom is safe??

  • RealATLPeach36

    Shoot I’m like yes THAT’S MY BESTFRIEND coming right on through ??

  • RealATLPeach36

    I’ve already start I held the door open for a coworker that’s is absolutely.....hummmm God’s creation ?

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    girl! this is hilarious! but i totally get you though... i stay reppin' how 'tight' me and The Lord are, LOL! i be like, okay, somebody 'bout to catch that wrath 'cause HE don't like nobody messing w/Me! ROFL!!!!!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    baby steps... LOL!

  • RealATLPeach36

    Yes ??

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    Shaking that corruption on out of the south, Cali is burning it down, lower coast vomiting up water, north is freezing folks to death....whewww help us all

  • RealATLPeach36

    You play too much lol lol ?

  • RealATLPeach36

    Crazy in our streets lol

  • Renee26

    ? bless your heart...great start!

  • RealATLPeach36

    Nee she didn’t say thank you...I didn’t wish her to trip and bump her eye I start singing ? “Order my steps in your word, guide me, teach me how to prayyyyy PLEASE GOD ORDER my steps in your word ? ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Now.... What YOU know about THAT???????

  • Renee26

    That's right... That was a test and you passed ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    LAWDT!!!! I almost CHOKED on this comment because I envisioned it to a T!!! ?????????

  • Dollface

    I just left the doctors office. They filled a big syringe water and peroxide - sprayed it in my ear and the wax came out. I feel sooooooo much better.

  • Sweetness

    I knew it I knew it I kneweded it!!!! I was in bed around 4ish thinking about my life (yep I was up). And then shake, rattle and roll went my bed for about 5 to 10 seconds. I thought it was the Angels tryo trying to get my attention. My eyes bucked like a deer in headlights! The first thing that fell upon my lil crazy mind is, (and I'm telling ya'll the truth) the song "I'm going up yonder". So if m scurred then I KNOW I AIN'T READY YET. Ish got me thinking fa real doe. I'm talmbout arms crossed over my chest, and eyes PERMANENTLY closed in a cushioned box with my legs stiff thinking.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Oh my... we are headed to the ATL this weekend for the SWAC vs MEAC Championship Game! I hope all is well with everyone there.

  • Nina Ross

    I must’ve slept through it, but I’m from Cali:/

  • Rhondalousey

    Lmao @the pets looking to their owners for answers.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs