A 5.1 magnitude earthquake jolted the Charlotte area on Sunday, Aug. 9, becoming the strongest quake to hit North Carolina in more than a century.
The earthquake occurred shortly after 8:05 a.m, with the depth of about 2.3 miles below the surface.
This is the most powerful earthquake in the state since 1916, when a 5.2 magnitude quake rocked near Asheville, the Charlotte Observer reported, citing the National Weather Service.
In a summary on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said that the earthquake occurred near Sparta, North Carolina, as a result of oblique-reverse faulting in the upper crust of the North American plate.
The quake could be felt in many areas, including as far north as Lynchburg, Virginia; as far south as Atlanta, Georgia; as far east as Greenville; and as far west as Nashville, Tennessee, according to reports from the USGS.
Eastern US Quakes are felt over much larger distances than western quakes. pic.twitter.com/r3A66tcyqg
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USGS estimates that there is a 57% chance for aftershock earthquakes of a magnitude 3 or greater in the next week.