Monday, August 10, 2020

Triangle wakes up to confirmed 5.1 magnitude earthquake with ripples felt across NC

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a 5.1 magnitude earthquake sunday morning with an epicenter in Sparta, NC., and felt throughout the Raleigh region, Charlotte and other states including South Carolina

Sunday’s earthquake is the largest in North Carolina since 1916, when a 5.2 Magnitude quake hit skyland in .Buncombe county .The earthquake happened at 8:07 a.m. on the border of North Carolina and Virginia near the town of Sparta, said Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the National earthquake information Center in Colorado.
“This earthquake was a magnitude of 5.1 on a 10-point scale,” Baldwin told The News & Observer Sunday. “The information center received more than 6,000 reports of the earthquake in a 200-mile radius that touches Seven states.”
By 2 p.m. the number of earthquake reports climbed to 90,000 and were spread over a broader section of the Southeast, according to UCGS
Those closest to the epicenter reported strong to very strong shaking, while others further away reported weak to light shaking.

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