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Did you feel it? 5.1 earthquake reported Sunday morning in North Carolina

Published: Aug. 9, 2020 at 8:34 AM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Part of our region may have felt some shaking Sunday morning thanks to an earthquake in Northern North Carolina.

The United States Geological Survey, or USGS, reported a 5.1 near Sparta, North Carolina at 8:07 a.m. Sparta is very close to the Virginia border.

Below is a map for reference of how close that is to our region:

This is a USGS map showing where the epicenter of the 5.1 earthquake Sunday morning is and where it is in relation to our region.
This is a USGS map showing where the epicenter of the 5.1 earthquake Sunday morning is and where it is in relation to our region.(USGS)

While we have had reports of people feeling it across our region, there were no reports of injuries, but some minor structural damage was reported in Sparta, as well as cracks in roads. Images on social media also showed items knocked off of grocery store shelves.

It was the largest earthquake to hit the North Carolina state since 1916, when a magnitude 5.5 quake occurred near Skyland officials with the National Weather Service in Greenville, South Carolina, which covers the affected region, said.

Michael Hull was standing in his driveway at his home in Sparta when he noticed a group of deer running.

"Not even a minute passed and the side-to-side motion started," Hull said. "It takes you a minute to realize what's happening, and you just can't believe it. Then it was over. It was loud, like God was shaking a mountain at you, literally."

Karen Backer was in her Greensboro apartment when she heard initially mistook banging in her kitchen for her roommate.

“Nope, it was the cabinet doors ‘clinking’ open and closed! My neighbors on the other hand said they felt our apartment building shaking,” Backer said. “Well, sadly, nothing surprises me in 2020, but a hurricane and an earthquake in the same week is crazy.”

The quake was felt in nearby states including Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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