Many Tattnall Countians were suddenly awakened around 4 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, June 18, 2022, when a 3.9 magnitude earthquake shook the region. According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was located about four miles west of Metter, near Stillmore.
"I certainly felt it," said Shelma Kitchens, who lives on Georgia Hwy. 144 near Glennville. She added that her daughter, Maggie, who lives in Metter, called her to say she also felt the tremors.
In nearby Chatham County, the earthquake was reported to have destabilized the dock and parking garage next to the Westin on Hutchinson Island. This is a public access dock owned and maintained by the city of Savannah and the county; it is used by the Chatham Area Transit for ferry services between River Street and Hutchinson Island.
It was reported that the quake caused the land to settle, threatening the structural integrity of Bryan Square and the Westin parking garage, neighbor to the Convention Center under construction.
Reports on feeling the tremors came from Hilton Head Island to Columbia, South Carolina.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake was very shallow, occurring 0.7 miles below the earth's surface. This also was the second earthquake within Georgia in a two-day period; a 2.5 magnitude quake occurred in Harlem, Georgia, on Friday, June 17, at approximately 3:05 p.m. Harlem is a small city in Columbia County and is part of the Augusta, Georgia, metropolitan area.
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake on June 22, 2022, in Afghanistan, killed over 1000 people.