US State of North Carolina rocked by biggest earthquake in more than 100 years

People in North Carolina were rocked Sunday morning by the state’s largest earthquake in over a century.

According to New York Daily News, the 5.1 magnitude quake struck shortly after 8 a.m. near the town of Sparta — close to the border of Virginia — and could be felt as far away as Tennessee and South Carolina, according to weather officials.

North Carolina hadn’t experienced such a massive earthquake since a 5.5 magnitude tremor took place in 1916, according to the National Weather Service.

Authorities have not reported any deaths or major damage as a result of Sunday’s earthquake.

Still, residents were rattled by it.

“Not even a minute passed and the side-to-side motion started,” Michael Hull of Sparta told The Associated Press. “It takes you a minute to realize what’s happening, and you just can’t believe it. Then it was over. It was loud, like God was shaking a mountain at you, literally.”

Authorities said the epicenter was located about 2.5 miles south of Sparta. The massive quake came a few hours after a smaller one hit the state.


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