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