Did you feel it? A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shakes North Carolina and the Southeast

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  • August 10, 2020
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Did you feel it? A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shakes North Carolina and the Southeast

If you felt the ground move under your feet Sunday morning you weren’t imagining things. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake, its epicenter in Sparta, N.C., struck the Southeast, the effects of which could be felt up to 200 miles away across much of North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, and as far away as Atlanta and Ashland, Kentucky.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake occurred at 8:07 a.m. It was the strongest to shake the region since 1916, when a magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck. There were no reports of serious injuries, though people near the epicenter reported minor structural damage. 

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