FIRST ALERT: Magnitude 5.1 earthquake reported in Sparta, NC

The shakes were felt throughout Virginia.

FIRST ALERT: Magnitude 5.1 earthquake reported in Sparta, NC
Reports of shakes and trembles have been felt across Virginia and the Carolina's. (Source: USGS)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - At 8:07 AM a Magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred just along the VA/NC border in Sparta, NC. This quake is the largest that NC has felt since an M 5.2 quake in 1916.

UPDATE: We have now learned that a magnitude 2.6 foreshock occurred in Sparta, NC around 2 AM. This was the precursor to the latest and much stronger quake felt this morning.

The earthquake occurred just 3km SE of Sparta, NC
The earthquake occurred just 3km SE of Sparta, NC (Source: USGS)

Damage is now being reported in and around Sparta, NC and some roadways are impassable at the moment due to severe damage.

The shakes showed up clearly on this seismograph from Taylorsville, NC:

The quake shows up clearly and occurred just after 8 AM.
The quake shows up clearly and occurred just after 8 AM. (Source: TVNC2)

If you felt the quake, please report it to https://earthquake.usgs.gov/data/dyfi/ ASAP.

Reports of shakes and trembles have been felt across Virginia and the Carolina's.
Reports of shakes and trembles have been felt across Virginia and the Carolina's. (Source: USGS)

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