ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — News 13 is following breaking news of an earthquake on Sunday morning, August 9. According to the USGS, a significant earthquake took place near Sparta, North Carolina around 8:07 am.
This is near the North Carolina/Virginia border and approximately 95 miles northeast of Asheville.
Chief Meteorologist Jason Boyer said it registered (preliminary) as a 5.1 on the Richter Scale, one of the stronger to occur in this region in decades.
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Reports of feeling the earthquake are coming in from all across Western North Carolina, and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina. Property damage is likely, closer to the epicenter.
Boyer says a magnitude 5-6 earthquake happens every 200-300 years, so this will be one for the record books.
On Sunday, the USGS reported that the most recent 5.1 earthquake reported in the region was a 5.1 magnitude in 1916. However, some previous records may show otherwise. In 1926, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Mitchell County, according to Dr. Kenneth B. Taylor, a state geologist.
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