Earthquake in N.C: 5.1 magnitude earthquake reported in Sparta

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5.1 magnitude earthquake reported in Sparta, could be felt across parts of central North Carolina.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake centered near Sparta, North Carolina could be felt across parts of the state Sunday morning.

According to the USGS, a 5.1 earthquake happened just after 8 a.m. 3 km southeast of Sparta, North Carolina.

For reference, Sparta is 145 miles west-northwest of Raleigh.

Sparta Mayor Wes Brinegar reacts to 5.1 earthquake that rattled North Carolina

Sparta Mayor Wes Brinegar reacts to 5.1 earthquake that rattled through North Carolina

Tim Pulliam is in Sparta assessing damage and getting reactions from local residents about the earthquake.

Gerson Cuevos and his family just bought this home in Sparta, which is near the epicenter of the 5.1 magnitude NC earthquake

In response, Sparta Mayor Wes Brinegar has issued a state of emergency to get state and federal support for structural damages. Emergency managers and personnel are assessing damage in Alleghany County. For reference, 11,00 people live in Allegheny County, 1,700 live in Sparta.

ABC11 callers from around the Triangle began reporting their homes shaking just after 8:05 a.m.

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Eyewitness Molly Bagby describes North Carolina earthquake that happened near her home in Glade Valley

The National Weather Service for Greenville-Spartanburg, SC reported that, according to the USGS database, Sunday’s earthquake is the second strongest on record in North Carolina since 1900.

The strongest was a 5.2-magnitude near Skyland in February 1916.

WATCH: ABC11’s Tisha Powell reacts to feeling the North Carolina 5.1 earthquake in Orange County

ABC11’s Tisha Powell reacts to feeling the North Carolina 5.1 earthquake in Orange County

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There have been no reports of damage or injuries.

ABC11’s Steve Stewart says aftershocks could be felt later today or in the coming days.

California native Gloria Rodriguez describes what earthquakes typically feel like.

 

Credit: ABC News
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