Last night one a massive earthquake rattled our state in the small town of Archdale, just south of High Point and about an hour Northeast of Charlotte.
The 2.6 magnitude quake was so powerful that it was even felt in Raleigh and Charlotte, accourding to reports by the USGA;
The Guilford Police department even sent out a statement about the quake after receiving numerous calls about a loud explosion;
The massive North Carolina quake started at roughly 12:32 am, with local residents describing a long, booming sound that even shook people’s homes in some areas.
UPDATE: Intensity of the #TriadEarthquake adjusted upward to 2.6 magnitude. Epicenter right along Guilford / Randolph line. No reports of damage. Felt in much of the Triad, with a few reports as far away as Raleigh and Charlotte. @WFMY #earthquake #ncwx pic.twitter.com/mzneg3coqG
— Tim Buckley (@TimBuckleyWX) March 26, 2019
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.”