5.1-magnitude earthquake hits North Carolina; no damage reported

Southeast

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

SPARTA, N.C.(WGHP/News Nation) —  The strongest earthquake in more than 100 years shook much of North Carolina early Sunday, rattling homes, buildings and residents, officials said.

The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude temblor struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake several hours earlier.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

It was the largest earthquake to hit the state since 1916, when a magnitude 5.5 quake occurred near Skyland, the weather service said.

The U.S. Geological Service said the quake’s epicenter was about 2.5 miles (four kilometers) southeast of Sparta, just south of the Virginia-North Carolina border. The USGS said the population in the affected region resides in structures “that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist.”

The quake was felt in nearby states including Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Many who felt the earthquake said it last 10-15 seconds.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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