RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has been reported in North Carolina according to the USGS.
The earthquake happened at 8:07 a.m. and was centered near Sparta but was felt across the state and through the Mid-Atlantic. Places including: Virginia and as far as Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia could feel effects of the earthquake.
Many who felt the earthquake said it lasted 10-15 seconds.
Aftershocks are expected throughout the day.
Sunday’s 5.1 earthquake is the strongest earthquake to happen in North Carolina since 1916.
This was the first big earthquake felt in our area since the Virginia earthquake on August 23, 2011, which was a 5.8.