Triangle wakes up to a 5.1 magnitude earthquake with undulations experienced throughout NC

The earthquake experienced on Sunday is the most impactful in North Carolina since 1916, when a 5.2 magnitude quake struck Skyland in Buncombe County.


On Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey affirmed a 5.1 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter in Sparta, NC., and could be experienced across the Raleigh region, Charlotte, and several other states inclusive of South Carolina.

The earthquake took place at 8:07 a.m. on the border of North Carolina and Virginia close to the town of Sparta, told Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado.

Baldwin informed The News & Observer Sunday that: “This earthquake was a magnitude of 5.1 on a 10-point scale,” He further added: “The information center received more than 6,000 reports of the earthquake in a 200-mile radius that touches seven states.”

Roughly around 2 p.m. the count of earthquake reports ascended up to 90,000 and was spread over a larger area of the Southeast, as per the USGS.

The people residing near the epicenter reported a strong to very strong trembling, whereas others residing farther away reported weak to light shaking.

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