Earthquake In NC Today Back After 1 Century
According to the North Carolina Geological Survey At 8:07 a.m. ET , the strongest earthquake since 1926 , struck near the border between North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday , A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit about 2 miles from the town of Sparta, North Carolina, along the state’s border with Virginia .
The last earthquake that occurred in North Carolina was in 1981 .
There are no reports of damage or injuries. The tremors were felt from Virginia to South Carolina.
The quake, whose epicenter is in Alleghany County, was felt as far away as South Carolina and Georgia, according to social media posts. The USGS received reports from more than 300 miles away, in Atlanta .
The earthquake rumbled at a depth of about 5.7 miles, which is considered a shallow quake. Quakes shallower than 43 miles tend to be more destructive than deeper ones, the USGS says.
This marks North Carolina’s strongest earthquake since a 5.2-magnitude struck Mitchell County, about 50 miles northeast of Asheville, on July 8, 1926, the North Carolina Geological Survey says. A 5.5-magnitude shook Skyland in 1916, the agency said
Some minor damages were caused to some things in the homes, according to pictures circulated by residents via social media .
Earthquake damage from Sparta. pic.twitter.com/2L2vT8wk9g
— Chad Tucker (@ChadTucker) August 9, 2020