Yesterday afternoon, a 2.3 magnitude earthquake struck the eastern side of the Blue Ridge mountain range near Hendersonville, about an 1 1/2 hours west of Charlotte and a half hour south of Asheville.
According to the USGS, the quake had a specific epicenter of 35.313°N 82.491°W and a depth of 0 km.
Earthquakes have been increasing in frequency around the Charlotte region over the past few years. Last year, we experienced the largest earthquake in over 100 years when a 5.1 magnitude quake hit Sparta, NC, and since then, dozens of aftershocks have continued to rattle our state.
According to USGS.gov, “Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.”
Did you feel this yesterday’s quake?