A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit North Carolina early Sunday with essentially the most powerful tremors to hit the state in over 100 years.
The quake hit around 8:07 am with the epicenter at 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta, just south of the Virginia-North Carolina border, according to the US Geological Service.
Tremors have been reported all through the Tar Heel State, in addition to nearby Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
It marked the strongest quake to jar the state since 1916, when a magnitude 5.5 quake occurred near Skyland, according to the National Weather Service in Greenville.
Did You Feel It??? According to the USGS, North Carolina just experienced a 5.1 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter at 2 km SSE of Sparta, North Carolina. For more info click here https://t.co/cq5bMmUcJD pic.twitter.com/pzAt8tvuRP
— NWS Raleigh (@NWSRaleigh) August 9, 2020
Michael Hull was in Sparta on his home’s driveway when he spotted a group of deer running away.
“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 apartment in Greensboro when she things banging around in her kitchen, originally thinking it was 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.”
No immediate reports of damage or injuries came after the quake, because the affected region has structures “that are resistant to earthquake shakes and tremors, although vulnerable structures exist,” the geological service said.
However images emerging on social media show buildings with cracked walls and stores with products scattered across the floor.
The big quake came after a much smaller one just hours before, and hit only days after Tropical Storm Isaias brought dangerous winds to the region.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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