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Strongest in 94 years: powerful earthquake hits North Carolina

On Sunday morning, August 9, an earthquake struck the North Carolina-Virginia border. According to a preliminary report by the US Geological Survey, the 5,1 earthquake occurred about 2 miles (3,2 km) from the city of Sparta, North Carolina. Writes about it CNN.

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According to the North Carolina Geological Survey, this is the strongest earthquake in the state since 1926.

The earthquake, with its epicenter in Allegany County, was felt even in Washington DC and Atlanta. Residents felt the tremors at approximately 08:07 am ET.

Allegany County Sheriff Brian Maines was getting ready to go to church when “things started to fall,” he said. "The house seemed to have moved, and it seemed that it might fall."

“Damage to the roof began. My chimney started to crack, ”he said. - Structures of several houses were damaged. There are houses that have moved 1 to 2 inches (2,5 to 5 cm) from their foundations. There are people who had to leave their homes because it was not safe inside. This is a pretty big event. "

There have been no reports of injuries, according to Sparta Mayor Wes Brinegar, but there has been damage to buildings in the city of about 1800. The mayor also said that the foundation of his house was cracked.

“There was a feeling that a big locomotive was passing by, and there was a big wave under the bed,” the mayor said. "I've lived here all my life and have never felt anything like it."

The US Geological Survey reports that earthquakes can be devastating if their strength reaches from 4,0 to 5,0 points. According to the US Geological Survey, a 5,3 earthquake is considered moderate.

The agency announced a green alert, which means a low probability of casualties and injuries.

City Councilor Cole Edwards was also awakened by the earthquake. According to him, no damage was done to his house, but several plates broke and several photographs fell from the walls.

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The earthquake occurred at a depth of about 5,7 miles (9,17 km), which is considered a shallow earthquake. Earthquakes that occur as deep as 43 miles (69 km) are usually more destructive than deeper ones, according to the US Geological Survey.

This is the strongest earthquake in North Carolina since the strongest earthquake, magnitude 8, hit Mitchell County, about 1926 miles (50 km) northeast of Asheville, on July 80, 5,2, the North Carolina Geological Survey reported.

Sparta is located approximately 100 miles (160 km) north of Charlotte. Rescue services of the city of Charlotte tweeted that no injuries were reported.

“Good morning Charlotte, we are sure that most of you are awake because yes, it was the earthquake that you felt. There were no reports of injuries or injuries, ”the services wrote.

Deputy Sheriff Maines is making sure "everything is done promptly."

“In connection with the ongoing pandemic, people now have increased anxiety. One of the most important tasks for law enforcement right now is to calm the situation so that people are not afraid, ”he said. - We live in a small mountain village. We must take care of each other. "

The Sparta area is among three seismic zones: Charleston (South Carolina), East Tennessee and central Virginia. On Saturday, August 8, and early in the morning of Sunday, August 9, several small earthquakes of magnitude 2,6 and below occurred near Sparta. Two more earthquakes hit Seymour, Tennessee over the weekend, according to the US Geological Survey.

A map from the US Geological Survey shows that the agency has received notifications from people who have felt the earthquake across the east coast. The tremors were felt over 300 miles away, in Atlanta and the nation's capital.

“I felt my bed shaking slightly, I knew it was an earthquake, but it was invisible, so I decided that the source was far away,” wrote Limaya Atembina from Rockville, Maryland, on her Facebook page.

Miscellaneous In the U.S. North Carolina earthquake

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