Strongest natural disaster in 100 years jolts the Carolinas, Virginia

Strongest natural disaster in 100 years jolts the Carolinas, Virginia

The earthquake's epicenter was in Sparta, North Carolina, approximately 116 miles northwest of Elon University's campus. Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman reported no damage reports in the county as of 8:55 am.

Sparta is about 250 miles from Augusta.

An natural disaster was recorded near Sparta, in Alleghany County, on Sunday morning.

Parts of Georgia and North Carolina were shook by a 5.1 magnitude quake early Sunday, the National Weather Service reported.

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The USGS asked anyone who felt the quake to report it on the quake's event page.

Sunday's tremor follows a smaller quake that was detected in the early morning hours of Sunday in the same area, rated Magnitude 2.6.

Earthquakes in North Carolina are rare.

As for what's ahead, the USGS says there is a 57 per cent chance of aftershocks of at least Magnitude 3 over the next week, and a five per cent chance of another Magnitude 5 quake. The largest natural disaster to hit the state in that time span was in1916, when a magnitude 5.5 quake occurred near Skyland, USCG says.

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