Magnitude 5.1 quake strikes near Sparta

By on August 9, 2020

(United States Geological Survey)

(United States Geological Survey)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that a 5.1 magnitude earthquake located just southeast of Sparta, North Carolina struck at about 8 o’clock on the morning of Aug. 9. No injuries have been reported to date, but there are reports of some damage and the USGS said earlier this morning that nearly 50,000 people had already submitted a “Did you feel it” report to its website.

The USGS said the earthquake was preceded by four smaller foreshocks starting about a day before the main shock. It also said this was the largest magnitude quake in that region since 1916, more than a century ago.

The USGS is also forecasting aftershocks, projecting that in the next week, “The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 3 or higher is 48 %, and it is most likely that as few as 0 or as many as 14 such earthquakes may occur in the case that the sequence is re-invigorated by a larger aftershock.”

A CNN story reported that Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines was getting ready for church when “stuff started falling off of the wall.”


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