2.3 Magnitude Earthquake Just Struck North Carolina, About 70 Miles North of Charlotte

98681

Early yesterday morning at around 1:29 am, a 2.3 magnitude earthquake rattled homes about 70 miles north of Charlotte, just south of Greensboro.

Many residents of nearby Pleasant Garden and Climax, North Carolina reported feeling their homes shake and hearing a loud ‘boom’.

The quake had an epicenter of 36.014°N 79.738°W with a 6.1 km depth, according to the USGS.

Earthquakes have been increasing in frequency around the Charlotte region over the past few years, about a year ago, we saw a 2.9 magnitude quake hit Asheville and a 2.1 magnitude quake that struck Bryson City, NC.

The Carolinas have been known to experience the occasional damage-causing earthquakes.

According to USGS.gov, “The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.”

Did you feel last night’s quake? 

Comments

comments