Charlotte Area Jolted by Strongest North Carolina Earthquake Since 1916

Eldis Sula
August 09, 2020 - 10:31 am

The Charlotte area was hit by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake on Sunday morning.

Per the National Weather Service, the earthquake was the strongest to hit North Carolina since 1916, when a 5.2 magnitude quake happened around Skyland, reports the Charlotte Observer.

The quake was centered a mile south of Sparta, an Allegheny County town near the Virginia border with a population of about 1,800 people.

The location is about 100 miles north of Charlotte.

It occurred at 8:07 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was also the second of two area quakes since last night, the first — of 2.6 magnitude — occurring at 1:57 a.m.

According to the USGS, people reported “strong shaking” when this morning’s bigger quake, centered about 2.2 miles deep, hit the region.

No damage has been reported.


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