Kinston, NC -- Federal earthquake scientists say they registered a small earthquake in rural eastern North Carolina, but it was so weak nearly no one felt the shaking.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the earth shook Monday morning about three miles below the surface of the earth near the town of Deep Run, about eight miles southwest of Kinston. The agency says the shallow temblor was measured at a magnitude 2.1 that produced light shaking and no damage just after 7 a.m.
A quake of magnitude 2.5 to 3 is the smallest generally felt by people.
More than a million earthquakes occur in the world each year. Most strike remote regions or are so small they cannot be felt.